LAWRENCE (CBS) – Mayor William Lantigua remains 57 votes behind Dan Rivera after Lawrence election officials examined provisional ballots Friday night.

Lantigua picked up eleven votes and Rivera got an additional eight. Rivera won Tuesday’s election over Lantigua by 60 votes.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

“This clearly is now statistically impossible for the mayor,” Rivera said Friday, “even in a recount.”

Lantigua’s lawyer, Sal Tabit, says his client is not giving up.

“We believe that it’s possible, that there’s human error,” Tabit said.

Of the 59 provisional and absentee ballots reviewed by the Board of Registrars, only 19 were approved. Seven ballots still need voter verification, and two ballots are considered missing.

Some of the rejected ballots were from voters who appear to be registered in other cities like Methuen, Haverhill, Lowell and New Bedford.

“We still don’t know what the final margin is with the clerk’s count,” Tabit said. “We’re not going to even know that for a few days.”

Lantigua has until Friday to decide whether to do a recount.

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