Kenny Matassa holds 115-vote lead over Clint Cointment in the race for Ascension Parish president, complete but unofficial election returns say.
But Cointment said Saturday night that he would not concede the election until the official count early this week, with the potential that a change in only a few dozen votes could sway the race back in his favor.
“I just want to make sure we do an official count before I concede,” Cointment said. “A 60-vote swing is too small for me to concede.”
Cointment and Matassa are tied on a percentage basis, 50 percent for each man.
Matassa had held a 10-percentage point lead, or 1,688 votes, early Saturday night as returns came in but Cointment closed strong as more of the precincts that he was favored in came in and were registered in the final tally.
In early voting returns, Matassa, a Gonzales city councilman, also led businessman Cointment by 1,244 votes.
Matassa and Cointment, both Republicans, were in a Saturday runoff after surviving a five-man field last month. They battled in a runoff campaign of increasingly sharpened rhetoric to replace outgoing, four-term Parish President Tommy Martinez.
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