The early results posted for East Hampton Town supervisor showed the incumbent, Bill Wikinson, holding a narrow lead over Zach Cohen, the challenger in unofficial numbers from the Suffolk Board of Elections. Only 177 votes separated the Republican from the Democratic candidate, out of 5,955 cast. With this narrow a margin, absentee ballots may prove decisive; they will not be counted until next week. The county's tally as of Wednesday morning was Mr. Wilkinson with 3,066 and Mr. Cohen with 2,889.
In other top East Hampton contests, Peter Van Scoyoc and Sylvia Overby, both on the Democratic and Working Families lines, won seats on the town board to replace Pete Hammerle and Julia Prince, who decided not to run again.
Stephen Lynch defeated Highway Superintendent Scott King, 3,567 to 2,387.
Incumbent Town Justice Lisa R. Rana won over Stephen Grossman, 3,701 to 2,178.
Winning as town trustee were Stephanie Talmage-Forsberg, Tim Bock, Stephen Lester, Diane McNally, Sean McCaffrey, Joe Bloecker, Lynn Mendelman, Nat Miller, and Deborah Klughers. Ms. Talmage-Forsberg again had the highest vote tally in a contested race, with 3,686.
Suffolk Legislator Jay Schneiderman will retain his post. He defeated Cornelius B. Kelly, 11,260 to 5,882 in the unofficial results.