Early election results from Tuesday’s Republican primary show newcomer Bill Rowback narrowly beating two-term incumbent Dayton King by 57 votes in the race for mayor of Gloversville.
Unofficial results posted Tuesday night to the Fulton County Board of Election’s website show Rowback, a 28-year city firefighter, with 53 percent of Republican votes cast to King’s 47 percent. A total of 919 registered Republicans in Gloversville voted in the primary Tuesday, according to the website.
Although the pair will face off again in the general election Nov. 7 because King will appear on the Conservative line, both King and Rowback last week said that they see Tuesday’s outcome as very significant in determining who will be the next mayor.
There were no Democratic candidates on the mayoral ballot in Gloversville on Tuesday.
Both candidates split Gloversville’s six wards evenly, but Rowback won his wards by a higher margin than King did his. Some wards were a virtual tie, such as the Third Ward, which King won with 102 votes to Rowback’s 100 votes. Rowback won the Fifth Ward by just a single vote, 94-93, according to unofficial results.
Where Rowback pulled away was in wards Four and Six, which comprise the western half of the city. Rowback won the Fourth Ward with 91 votes to King’s 51, and the Sixth Ward by 100 votes to King’s 50, according to the early results.
King did not respond to a message seeking comment Tuesday night after the results were posted.
Rowback on Tuesday night said there was never any doubt in his mind as to Tuesday’s outcome.“I’m a positive-thinking person,” said…
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