Republican Thomas Kean, Jr. gained 312 more votes after provisionals ballots were counted in Hunterdon County and now trails freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) by 8,286 votes,
Malinowski is ahead of Kean, 197,838 to 189,552 after 1,324 more votes were added to the tallies this afternoon.
There are at least 48,429 ballots left to be counted, and that number could be as high as 69,000.
The contest for New Jersey’s 7th district House seat has narrowed considerably since election night, when Malinowski led Kean by 28,412.
The 51.1% to 48.9% matchup is the closest House race in New Jersey, where incumbents Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) and Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) stopped bids to flip their seats.
Kean, the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, needs to win around 58.64% of the remaining votes to out Malinowski, although number changes quickly as more ballots are recorded as received.
Somerset County, which has at least 13,349 ballots still uncounted in the 7th, will not resume counting until Friday.