East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson defeated his challenger, Zachary Cohen, by 15 votes, according to Suffolk County Board of Election results released Wednesday.
Mr. Wilkinson received 3,403 votes to Mr. Cohen’s 3,388 votes, according to the Board of Elections. The last votes of the race were counted on Wednesday after Board of Elections commissioners ruled on 11 outstanding challenged ballots.
Mr. Wilkinson, a Republican, and Mr. Cohen, an unaffiliated voter backed by Democrats, could not be reached on Wednesday.
Mr. Wilkinson’s victory means he will serve another two-year term and the Town Board’s Republican majority will remain intact for at least another two years.
Mr. Wilkinson was 177 votes ahead of Mr. Cohen, a first-time candidate, on Election Day. The Board of Elections spent last Friday and Monday counting about 800 absentee ballots, which narrowed the gap between the candidates to about 45 votes.
On Tuesday, the campaigns agreed to drop most of their challenges to about 70 outstanding ballots, narrowing the gap even further to 12 votes, with the 11 challenged ballots still outstanding.
The extremely narrow margin is a far cry from 2009, when Mr. Wilkinson swept into office with 67 percent of the vote.
This year, Mr. Wilkinson received 2,600 votes on the Republican line, 482 votes on the Independence line and 321 votes on the Conservative line, according to the Board of Elections. Mr. Cohen received 2,999 votes on the Democratic line and 389 votes on the Working Families line.
Mr. Cohen’s Town Board running mates, Sylvia Overby and Peter Van Scoyoc, won seats on Election Day, and will replace two fellow Democrats, Councilman Pete Hammerle and Councilwoman Julia Prince, both of whom did not run for reelection.