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From left, Gloucester County freeholder candidates Nick DeSilvo, George Shivery Jr. and Chris Konawel.

New Gloucester VBM count narrows lead of Democratic freeholders

By David Wildstein, November 05 2020 7:42 pm

The race for Gloucester County Freeholder tightened on Thursday after more vote-by-mail ballots were counted, giving Republicans an outside shot at picking up seats on the all-Democratic board for the first time since 2009.

Incumbent Lyman Barnes leads Republican Nick DeSilvio by 2,610 votes, 82,488 to 79,878.

The other two incumbents,  Heather Simmons (85,803) and Jim Jefferson (82,488), are running ahead of Barnes. Trailing are Republicans Chris Konawel (78,839) and Greenwich Mayor George Shivery, Jr. (77,546).

Gloucester counted 21,405 ballots since the first results were announced on Tuesday evening.

The New Jersey Globe has learned that the Gloucester County Board of Elections is essentially caught up on counting VBM ballots, and has between 4,000 to 5,000 provisional ballots that will be counted on November 11.

It’s not clear how many mail-in ballots postmarked on or before Election Day will arrive prior to the November 10 cutoff.

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