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New Jersey Senate Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean, Jr. , left, and Rep. Tom Malinowski. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Malinowski ahead of Kean by 5,496 in NJ-7

Morris County reduces congressman’s margin by 273 votes

By David Wildstein, November 12 2020 8:42 pm

Just 5,496 votes separate the two candidates for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district after 1,507 more ballots were added to the tally on Thursday evening.

Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) now leads Republican  Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield), 202,795 to 197,299,  50.7% to 49.3%.

This race is too close to call.

Kean added 273 votes to his total in Morris County, winning 59% of the votes released tonight.

Malinowski started the day with a 9,708-vote lead over Kean.  The freshman congressman was in front of Kean by 28,412 votes on election night.

At least 35,752 more votes are still uncounted in the state’s closest congressional race this cycle. That number could be over 50,000.

Somerset County, which has at least 13,349 ballots still uncounted in the 7th, will not resume counting until Friday.

Malinowski, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State in the Obama administration, unseated five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) in 2018 by 16,200 votes, 51.7% to 46.7%.

He was the first Democrat to win the 7th since 1956.

Kean, the son of former Gov. Thomas H. Kean, has served in the New Jersey Legislature since 2001.

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