State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford), who currently trails Republican Edward Durr by approximately 2,000 votes, said today that he’ll make an announcement tomorrow regarding a potential concession.
“They’re counting the votes as we speak. I just want the votes counted,” he said shortly before convening the legislature for the lame duck session today. “There could be a large number of votes, there could be no votes. But the point is, let us count the votes. I’ve earned that.”
Sweeney was seen as the heavy favorite for re-election against Durr, a commercial truck driver who spent almost no money and received very little attention from outside Republican groups.
But in an election year where Republicans outperformed expectations across the board – and in a district that Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli likely carried by a significant margin – Sweeney and his running mates, Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro) and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro (D-Woolwich) appear to have been swept up in the tide.
Despite his lack of concession thus far, jockeying for the Senate Presidency among Senate Democrats has long since begun. State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) is the heavy favorite for the post, though State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair) is also waging a bid for the state’s second-most powerful office.