Kevin Bennett | BDN

ELLSWORTH, Maine — In what is normally a political contest that flies well under the radar, the race for probate judge of Hancock County on Wednesday was too close to call.

Despite more than 27,000 votes cast in the contest, incumbent William Blaisdell was leading challenger Lynne Williams by only 203 votes, according to an unofficial count by the Bangor Daily News. Blaisdell’s preliminary vote total early Wednesday afternoon, with 40 of 41 voting precincts reporting, was 13,788, while Williams’ preliminary total was 13,585.

Late Wednesday morning, the two candidates’ vote totals had been separated by only four votes.

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The job of probate judge is a part-time position in which the elected judge — who must be a licensed attorney in Maine and a Maine resident — rules on probate matters such as estates and trusts, adoptions and

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