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November 8, 2011 10:08 PM

Thurston claims Merced mayoral race

Merced will have a new mayor, but it isn't clear who will take the seat. With the race neck-and-neck, the city will have to wait before it can be certain whether former Councilman Stan Thurston will be its next mayor. Thurston was leading Tuesday night in the race with 2,006 votes, or 32 percent.

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