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The write-in total is the same as the highest vote-getter in the Scotland Neck town board race, unofficial elections results show.

After the two precincts reported Tuesday night the preliminary results showed that incumbent Charlie Shields came out on top with 240 votes.

The second-place ballots were write-ins, also at 240.

As it stands now incumbent James Gunnels finished third with 237 votes and would also mean that Raymond Watson failed to retain his seat on the board.

Board of Elections Director Kristin Scott said the office learned late Tuesday night that a person in town only known currently as Big John had mounted a write-in campaign. “We learned late last night he had been campaigning.”

Scott said she is hoping to determine the identities of the write-ins before the canvas on November 17 at 11 a.m.

There is also a question of determining the third seat on the Littleton town board, in which voters could select three commissioners but only two names were on the ballot.

Ophelia Gould-Faison finished the evening with 56 votes while Lynn Moseley collected 40.

There were 29 write-ins cast.

“We have to wait to see the write-ins,” Scott said. “We don’t know who they are or how many are for a specific person.”

A qualified person would have to receive five or more votes to get a seat on the board. “Right now we’re trying to see if we can do it administratively or under the supervision of the board.”

Meanwhile Scott said Enfield incumbent Commissioner Bud A. Whitaker is requesting a recount after losing to challenger Angela Williams Harper by a 79-77 margin.

Three write-ins were cast in that election.