NEW CANAAN — Town Council member Kevin J. Moynihan snagged the Republican endorsement for the town’s top spot Tuesday, but only by a slim margin, prompting the sitting first selectman, Robert Mallozzi III, to ask for a recount.

“I asked for a recount as the margin of votes is 10,” Mallozzi said Friday. “So it's a swing of five.”

Moynihan received 612 votes to Mallozzi’s 602. Around 1,280 of the 6,578 registered Republicans in town turned out to vote in the July 18 caucus.

“I believe all want to be certain the caucus was run in accordance with statutory practices and followed prescribed guidelines,” said Mallozzi, who is serving out his third term as first selectman. “Remember, by asking for a recount, I run the risk of increasing my opponents margin. This is not about me so much as it is an effort to ensure everyone's good faith in the electoral process.”

If the recount does not go Mallozzi’s way, there is still the option for him to collect the required signatures to force a primary in September.

“As for my future plans, I am contemplating many scenarios but family considerations will be paramount,” he said.

If Mallozzi decides to petition for a primary, the New Canaan resident has until Aug. 9 to collect 313 signatures from registered Republican voters in town. According to Joan McLaughlin, the Republican registrar of voters, the number of signatures represents five percent of the town’s registered Republicans.

Town Council member Cristina Aguirre-Ross, who also sought the Republican endorsement, received 60 votes at the caucus and said she will not be petitioning for a primary.

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