Manitou cliffhanger swings Nicoletta's way

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For most of Tuesday night, Nicole Nicoletta trailed Coreen Toll by a narrow margin in the race between two current City Council members to determine the next mayor of Manitou Springs.

In the first results after the 7 p.m. deadline for returning ballots, Toll took a 21-vote lead. The next numbers, at 7:30 p.m., brought the difference down to 16 votes. Two hours later, another update showed Nicoletta just 8 votes behind, 847-839.

Then finally, at 10:32 p.m., came more results — with Nicoletta jumping into the lead for the first time, 877-867. It was unclear whether any more votes remained uncounted.

There was less drama in Manitou's other races and issues. Gary Smith, Becky Elder and Jay Rohrer won at-large seats on City Council, and the city's 10 ballot issues (mostly housekeeping measures) passed with ease. Manitou School District 14's mill-levy override request for more funding also prevailed, 57-43 percent.

We will provide more updates on the mayoral race as they come available.

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