The tight race for the second Welcome Bay-Te Papa ward seat is not yet over, but it looks like two-term councillor Terry Molloy is out of the running.

Preliminary results released by Tauranga City Council yesterday afternoon show councillor Bill Grainger has overtaken Molloy.

Grainger would be elected for a fifth term alongside top-polling newcomer Tina Salisbury.

Progress results on Saturday had Molloy ahead of Grainger by 30 votes, but the new results have Molloy in fourth place.

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Third place has been taken by another newcomer, Anna Larsen, who is 54 votes behind Grainger.

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