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DAVENPORT, Iowa- The (unofficial) results are in.

The polls closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8.

Alderman Mike Matson easily moves on to the November ballot with 33% of the vote.

Alderman Rita Rawson and businessman Dan Portes will move on but are set apart by just eight votes with all the ballots counted.

If this vote is confirmed when the elections are verified, Rita Rawson would be Matson's challenger for Mayor. Portes is just nine votes from declaring victory if the official ballot count gives him more votes.

Elizabeth Vancamp, Steve Duffy, and Dean Weber did not get enough votes to move on to the November general election.

                                                       Votes   Percentage
           Mike Matson.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,157   33.39
           Rita Rawson.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,478   22.88
           Dan Portes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,470   22.76
           Elizabeth VanCamp.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       567    8.78
           Steve Duffy.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       424    6.56
           Dean Weber .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       354    5.48

See the results yourself here.

As for the city council, 13 candidates were running for three Davenport aldermen races. Only six of them move on to the November elections.

In the Third Ward, incumbent Marion Meginnis will face businessman Phil Armer of Armer Boxing in November.

           Marion Meginnis  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       378   65.40
           Phil Armer .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       106   18.34
           Paul T. Vasquez  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        90   15.57

Meginnis got 65% of the vote tonight and Armer got 18%.

In the Fourth ward incumbent Ray Ambrose also had opposition. He will face Jeffrey Bass in November.

Ambrose got 58% of the vote and bass got 21%.

           Raymond A. Ambrose  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       413   58.58
           Jeffrey M. Bass  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       150   21.28
           Heather Brinkschroeder .  .  .  .  .  .        98   13.90
           Bud Wilkins.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        40    5.67

Finally, in The Fifth Ward, six candidates faced off for the seat now held by Rita Rawson who also chose to run for mayor.

           Matthew Dohrmann .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       271   31.15
           Kristi Miller .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       212   24.37
           Tim Kelly  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       165   18.97
           Patrick Driscoll Jr..  .  .  .  .  .  .       105   12.07
           Auston McLain .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        89   10.23
           T. Ragnvald Jacobson.  .  .  .  .  .  .        21    2.41

Matthew Dohrman and Kristi Miller will go head to head next month. Dohrman took 31% of the vote and Miller finished with 24%.

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