Rome Mayoral Race too close to call

By ANDREW DONOVAN

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - With 100% of the precincts reporting, the Rome Mayoral Race is too close to call. The final winner will be determined by absentee ballots.

When all the regular votes were counted, Fusco led incumbent Mayor James Brown 4,108 to 3,918. That's 51% and 49% respectively.

The Oneida County Board of Elections says that there are 280 absentee ballots to be counted in the city and those votes will ultimately decide the race.

Brown needs 68% of the absentee voters to win re-election. Typically, absentee ballots favor the challenger.

NEWSChannel 2 interviewed both Brown and Fusco early in the evening about general thoughts on their campaigns. Reporters returned to both campaign sites after the votes had been counted.

Fusco, who's in the lead, said, "It's close numbers. It's going to be decided by absentee ballots and that's the way the process works."

Incumbent Mayor James Brown was not interested in commenting further on the closeness of the race.

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