Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) will likely defeat former investment banker Frank Pallotta to win a third term in the House, the New Jersey Globe projects.
Gottheimer wracked up a massive 52,396-vote lead in Bergen County, while Pallotta failed to rack up large enough margins in the Republican portions of the district.
In Sussex County, the Republican leads by just 1,634 votes. Rep. Scott Garrett, who Gottheimer ousted in 2016, won the county by 10,237 votes that year.
The final tally won’t be known for days. Mail-in ballots postmarked by election day will be counted so long as they reach election officials by Nov. 10.
Provisional ballots, which are expected to favor Republicans, won’t be counted until Nov. 11, and voters who submit deficient ballots have until Nov. 18 to cure them.
The incumbent leaned on his record as a moderate, while Pallotta ran on the far right. He frequently launched attacks at Gov. Phil Murhy and faced fire for refusing to condemn the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security named a domestic terror threat in 2016.
Gottheimer always had a massive cash advantage. He raised more than $7 million this cycle and had more than $8.3 million in his war chest on Oct. 15. Pallotta, meanwhile raised less than $2 million, with most of the money, about $1.4 million, coming from his won pocket.