Republicans are poised to retain two seats on the Moutainside Council Tuesday, defeating a lone challenge from Democrat Carlos Gomez.
The unofficial vote tally has Gomez trailing Republican Donna Pacifico by 50 votes, 1,152-1,202.
The New Jersey Globe has learned that just 76 provisional ballots were cast in Mountainside.
With Republican Councilman Rene Dierkas leading the contest with 1,257 votes, there’s only a slim chance of Gomez winning a seat on the council.
At best, Gomez could win with 54 votes, though because voters cast ballots for two candidates, he may need more.
Republican Mayor Paul Mirabella was re-elected with 1,340 votes, easily beating independent candidate Charles Brown’s 498.
Democrats did not run a mayoral candidate.