In an election that provided a boost to supporters of a long controversial U.S. base and a blow to the Okinawa governor, voters in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, returned the ruling coalition-backed mayor to office Sunday night.

Taketoyo Toguchi, 60, secured a second term over challenger Yohei Kishimoto, 49, winning the closely watched mayoral race by just over 5,000 votes out of the 34,134 cast. Voter turnout was 68.32%.

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