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Democratic House candidate Amy Kennedy. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Kennedy makes small gain on Van Drew as more Cumberland ballots are counted

Van Drew’s lead dropped from 9,563 to 9,452

By David Wildstein, November 05 2020 12:11 am

Democrat Amy Kennedy has picked up an extra 3,375 votes in her bid to unseat Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis), just slightly narrowing the party-switching congressman’s lead in New Jersey’s 2nd district by 111 votes.

Van Drew now leads Kennedy by 9,452 votes after adding 3,264 more to his own Cumberland County tally.

This race remains too close to call.

Cumberland counted just 6,639 more ballots for the House race on Wednesday.

So far, Cumberland has counted 26,077 votes.  Kennedy leads Van Drew in that county by a 58.7%-39.5% margin.

That leaves no less than 21,557 uncounted ballots in the county, although the New Jersey Globe was told that there could be more than 28,000 additional ballots still awaiting a count.

The race between Van Drew and Kennedy has no less than 47,177 more ballots to count, although that low number could be more than 78,000.

These numbers include only Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties.  Complete uncounted ballot information for the NJ-2 municipalities in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Ocean counties are not immediately available.

Additional provisionals and ballots dropped off at polling locations will likely increase this number.

Ballots postmarked on or before November 3 and delivered by the U.S. Postal Service will be counted if they arrive at county election offices by close of business on November 10.

Ballots with no postmark at all that arrive by close of business tomorrow will also be accepted.

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