Brown looks like Republican candidate for mayor with help of absentee ballots

    After a week of too-close-to-call ballot counts, it looks like former school teacher Karen Brown will be the Republican Party’s candidate for mayor in the City of Brotherly Love.

    The absentee ballots have been counted, giving Brown a 58-vote margin over opponent John Featherman, the Inquirer is reporting. But Featherman says it’s not over until the last vote is counted.

    “Nobody knows how many provisional ballots are out there,” he told NewsWorks. “It’s not lost yet.”

    This latest vote count isn’t official, since provisional ballots have yet to be counted. Though Featherman says it looks like the count is leaning in Brown’s favor and that he’d hoped for a bigger lead over her, the tally continues and the Board of Elections will see it through.

    “I’m OK with losing,” Featherman said, “if people learn voting is a responsibilty. The moral of the story is every vote really counts.”

    Editor’s note: This post has been updated with clarifications from John Featherman.

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