Ben Dover was elected to a third term as Bridgeport's Mayor.
This photo, released by his office, shows him accepting the news.
As the final votes were counted last night Mayor Ben Dover and his opponent in the race, Iken Doolittle sat on opposite sides of
a picnic table in Alf's Gentleman's Club, next door to City Hall. It wasn't until that last fifty votes were counted that a winner was declared.
At 11:02 P.M. voting head judge Clara Bell stood up and declared Dover the winner by eleven votes. With only 712 total votes cast, it was one of the worst turn outs in Bridgeport history. The contest loser Doolittle, upon hearing the decision, stood up and congratulated his opponent.
"My biggest regret is having to cancel my trip to Disneyland." he said. "My kids will be heartbroken that I lost." In a show of good will, Mayor Dover offered to take Doolittle's kids to Disneyland in his place, which Doolittle declined. They shook hands and parted.
The real victory party started just after midnight with free beer and brats, followed by an arm twisting competition. "Arm twisting is an important part of politics." Dover said.
Dover was to leave this morning on city business, for what he called a fact finding mission in Brazil. "I want to explore the trade possibilities," he told a small crowd waiting for a refill near the free beer keg.
CHANNEL 1 NEWS hopes to interview the Mayor upon his return in ten days to get an insight to what he plans for the city in the coming year.