Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski’s lead over Republican Tom Kean, Jr. has dropped to 12,425 votes after 14,642 more ballots were counted in Union and Morris counties today.
Malinowski is now ahead of Kean, the minority leader of the U.S. Senate, by a 51.7%-48.3% margin, 193,138 to 180,713.
In Union County, where 9,630 more votes were tallied, Malinowski’s margin dropped from 13,439 to 12,297. It’s still not clear how many more 7th district ballots are left in Union.
Morris County, which added 5,012 new votes, Kean’s margin increased from 645 to 1,299. There are 23,932 uncounted ballots from the Morris portion of the 7th district
No new votes are expected to be added to the total today.
Hunterdon, where there are less than 5,000 uncounted votes remaining, will not add more votes until Thursday. Neither will Warren.
Somerset is expected to release their next batch of votes on Friday.
Essex, which has only Millburn in the 7th, could tally provisional ballots as early as tomorrow.
While the race has tightened, Kean’s path to a victory is possible but extremely narrow.