With 270 absentee and emergency ballots left to count, Republican John Pagliarini Jr. had a 70-vote lead over Democrat James Seveny after polls closed Tuesday in the Senate District 11 special election.
Pagliarini was able to pad his lead by beating Seveney in his hometown, taking Portsmouth by a 1,046-970 margin. Seveney was able to make up a little ground in Bristol, winning 104-81, but Pagliarini held serve in his hometown, taking Tiverton by a 76-59 vote. That makes a total of 1,203 votes for Pagliarini and 1,133 for Seveney.
About 12.86 percent of the eligible voters cast ballots, according to unofficial figures.
The state Board of Elections is scheduled to count and certify the 270 absentee and emergency ballots tonight at its 7 o’clock meeting at its Branch Avenue headquarters in Providence.