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Ballots Sealed In 3rd District As Vote Is Too Close To Call

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Daniel Koh and Lori Trahan (Courtesy of the campaigns)

All of the votes -- 100 percent -- are in, but no clear winner has emerged from the race to win the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District.

Secretary of State Bill Galvin ordered all ballots from the race sealed and locked away so they can't be tampered with in anticipation of a recount.

Lori Trahan, once chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan, declared victory early Wednesday. But Daniel Koh, former chief of staff to Boston's mayor, has not conceded.

As of 11:45 a.m., the two were in a near dead heat — Trahan with 18,368 and Koh with 18,316.

Koh's campaign released a statement saying Koh is "committed to making sure all ballots are counted."

"He is proud to have been part of a group of Democratic candidates in the 3rd who campaigned so hard to make a real difference in this country and if — at the end of this process — Lori is declared the winner, Dan will offer his enthusiastic support for her in the general election," said the campaign.

Current seat-holder Niki Tsongas, a Democrat, announced earlier this year she would not be seeking re-election.

Koh and Trahan were among a field of 10 Democrats seeking to replace Tsongas.

The eventual primary winner will face Republican Rick Green in November. Independent candidate Mike Mullen has also qualified for the ballot.

With additional reporting from the Associated Press.

This story will be updated.

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