Councilman Mike DuPont at Democratic HQ on election night.
[Editor’s note: This article was updated at 12:27p with a statement from Kim Senkeleski]
A count of disputed ballots from last week’s election for two Red Bank council seats yesterday resulted in a widening of the leads of incumbents Art Murphy and Mike DuPont, officials say.
Borough officials say the numbers are final, and show that the Democrats beat back challenges by Republicans Kim Senkeleski and Rob Lombardi.
After the inclusion of the provisional ballots votes cast in cases where the voter’s eligibility or residence was in doubt, mostly DuPont remained the top vote getter, with 1,521, and Lombardi finished out of the money with 1,382.
At issue in the count was whether Senkeleski had overtaken Murphy. But the count widened in Murphy’s favor, as he picked up 20 votes from the provisionals, giving him a total 1,507, and Senkeleski added nine, putting her tally at 1,464, according to data distributed by the borough clerk’s office.