Kingston mayoral race too close to call, one vote separates candidates

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KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The dust is starting to settle from Tuesday’s general election and results for races across our region are starting to become clearer.

But some races are too close to call. In Kingston, only one vote separates the two candidates.

The lead is razor-thin for Republican Robert Thompson Jr. He is one vote ahead of Democrat Jeffrey Coslett.

They both say this is a classic example of “every vote counts.”

“This is crazy but you know what it’s politics,” said Thompson.

At the moment Thompson Jr. has a one-vote lead over Coslett. According to Luzerne County election officials, it’s Thompson with 1,308 votes, Coslett with1,307 with counting to continue on Friday.

“It’s funny on Tuesday night you talk to people, you know you’re up a couple of hundred votes next thing you know a couple of days later only up 21 now you’re up by only one, what are you going to do? It’s exciting,” stated Thompson.

Thompson says this race highlights the need for voters to turn out.

“But every vote does count. All the people in the community even in the county. I wish they all came out to vote. It’s your American right,” explained Thompson.

Coslett says he too is amazed at the numbers.

“The last I knew I was down by 21 votes. When I was leaving our little get-together on Tuesday night I was down by 21 votes. I didn’t know I was one vote down until 7:03 Thursday morning,” explained Coslett.

Coslett, like Thompson, agrees that this is a classic example of the phrase every vote counts.

“You know it’s funny, my wife said to me she had some friends who she knew didn’t vote. I said that’s funny because now there’s one vote that I could be possibly ahead,” said Coslett.

There are more votes to be counted Friday.

“Right now we have eight provisional ballots that will be counted and we have eight write-ins for that race. So that’s going to make a difference in determining who actually wins,” stated Eryn Harvey, Deputy Director of Luzerne County elections.

Election Bureau workers will count those ballots Friday morning at 10 a.m. so Eyewitness News should have word of a winner by noon. There is still a possibility of a tie.

If that happens, election officials say they will have to determine how to break the tie. That could mean a coin flip. Both candidates would have to agree to the method.

Harvey says they are consulting with the Department of State, which oversees elections in the commonwealth about what tie-breaking method could be utilized.

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