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This story was updated at 1:20 a.m. on April 4, 2012.

In a tight race to serve on Montgomery County’s Board of Education, at least one Apple Ballot favorite will not advance to the general election, according to complete but unofficial state election results.

Despite an early lead, Jeanne Ellinport of Gaithersburg was edged out Tuesday by Rebecca Smondrowski of Gaithersburg for one of two slots on the Nov. 6 ballot for the open District 2 seat.

The Montgomery County Education Association endorsed Ellinport along with Fred Evans of Rockville for the race.

Smondrowski’s 14,938 votes advanced her to the general election where she will face Evans, who won the most votes Tuesday for the seat with 16,495. Ellinport came within nearly 500 votes of Smondrowski with 14,487, followed closely by Susan Byrne of Gaithersburg with 13,828 votes and trailed by former state Del. Saqib Ali of Gaithersburg with 6,878 votes.

Nine candidates competed for four slots on the Nov. 6 ballot; the top two vote-getters for each of the two seats up for grabs Tuesday to advance.

Incumbent Phil Kauffman of Olney led the race for his at-large seat by a wide margin with 38,722 votes, according to unofficial results. With 10,897 votes, Morris Panner of Chevy Chase will challenge Kauffman in November, according to unofficial results.

“I think that the voters ... recognize the work of the school board,” Kauffman said as he led early on, confident he would advance.

In the Nov. 6 general election, Christopher Barclay of Takoma Park will defend his District 4 seat against Annita Seckinger of Silver Spring. Barclay and Seckinger were the only two who filed to run for the seat.