The District 3 supervisor race was Gila County’s most expensive, and in the end, the closest, as challenger and Republican David Cook held a razor-thin lead over incumbent, Democrat Shirley Dawson, with 35 of 40 precincts reporting.
In District 1, Supervisor Tommie Martin retained her seat by a 510-vote margin.
In District 3, Dawson’s early lead receded as the night wore on to Cook in the heavily Democratic district. After 10 p.m., Cook lead by just 36 votes, or 46.8 percent of the total vote to Dawson’s 45.9 percent.
Challenger and non-partisan Ted Thayer garnered 308 votes, or 7.2 percent of the total.
In District 1, Martin retained her seat with 53.4 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. Challenger and independent Dan Haapala lost with 46.6 percent.
“It was close, close enough,” Martin said. “Actually I am thinking about the things that I really do want to do the next four years and now I can. An election really put me on hold.”
Haapala was unavailable for comment.
As of 10:30 p.m., with 35 of 40 percent of precincts reporting, voter turnout hit 60.3 percent.
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