Challenger Aliza Bloch unseated Moshe Abutbul as mayor of the city of Beit Shemesh by a razor thin margin early Thursday morning, after an all-night vote count to cap the drama-filled race, Times of Israel reports.
Bloch, once seen as a dark horse candidate, entered Wednesday evening trailing Abutbul by 251 votes with 99 percent reporting. A count of provisional ballots by soldiers, prisoners and special needs voters overnight managed to push her past Abutbul by 533 votes.
The city of 80,000 is now largely religious. Abutbul has served as mayor since 2008.