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Final results in the closest Islip Democratic town board primary show that party-organization nominee Christopher Pulitano withstood the challenger Miriam Ventura by 10 votes.

Pulitano received 926 votes to Ventura's 916, in a race that drew only 2.78 percent of the town's Democratic voters.

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On primary night, Ventura, in unofficial results, was only four votes behind.

Meanwhile former Suffolk County Legis. Rick Montano also lost his challenge to Democratic supervisor designee Thomas Licari by 87 votes. Licari received 1,000 votes to Montano's 913 in a 2.91 percent turnout.