The first-time Republican candidates clashed at the polls and Leah Cole walked away the winner Tuesday night, defeating Greg Bunn by a mere 52 votes.
Cole, now with the party nomination in hand, moves on to a final special election April 2 against Democrat Beverley Griffin Dunne and Dave Gravel, who is running as unenrolled.
Turnout overall for the primary election Tuesday was about 6 percent, according to the City Clerk's office.
Dunne was also on the ballot Tuesday, unopposed, and actually earned more votes than either Cole or Bunn.
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