Republican Rosemary Becchi has conceded the race for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district to Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).
Sherrill defeated Becchi by 29,150 votes, 53.3% to 46.7%, in the November 3 general election.
“I’m very proud of the campaign we’ve run,” said Becchi, a former tax counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. “It was a hard-fought campaign and over 206,000 voters supported our platform but unfortunately we came up a little short and ultimately lost by 6%.”
Sherrill carried the Essex County portion of her district by 27,450 votes, 62% to 38%, and won the Morris part by a plurality of 8,319, 52%-48%. Becchi carried the Sussex section by 3,727 votes, 46%-44%, and Passaic by a margin of 2,892, 52%-48%.
“I wish Mikie Sherrill well and hope that she has heard the voices of all of the people of the eleventh district and will work to unite our district, state and country,” Becchi stated.
Sherill will begin her second term in January. She flipped the 11th in 2018 after 34 years of Republican control.
Becchi began her congressional campaign as in the 7th district against Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), but switched to the 11th in January.
That move helped Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) clear the field for the GOP nomination and harvest his money for the general. Malinowski defeated Kean by a narrow one-point margin.