About 40 votes separate candidates in 9th District


The race for the Republican nomination in Massachusetts’ 9th Congressional District remained too close to call Friday.

With all precincts reporting, unofficial returns from Thursday’s primary show Adam Chaprales of Barnstable leading Christopher Sheldon of Plymouth by fewer than 40 votes out of nearly 22,000 votes cast.

Chaprales told The Associated Press on Friday that his campaign is still awaiting the official numbers, but he is moving ahead as if he will be the Republican nominee to face U.S. Rep. William Keating, who won the Democratic primary.

In an email to supporters Friday, Sheldon said he’d work with city and town clerks to ensure the intent of voters was honored.

There is no provision in state law for an automatic recount, but either candidate could petition for one.

Keating defeated Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter.

The 9th District was reconfigured to include parts of Bristol and Plymouth counties and Cape Cod.

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