Just 6,275 votes now separate the two candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 7th district after Republican Thomas Kean, Jr. added more votes in Union, Morris and Hunterdon counties on Thursday.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) now leads Kean, 201,655 to 195,380 – 50.8% to 49.2%.
Union counted an additional 6,809 votes, Morris added 2,836, and Hunterdon increased its tally by 1,324.
Malinowski’s lead in Union went down form 11,604 to 10,111, while Kean increased his margin in Morris by 518 and by 312 in Hunterdon.
There are at least 38,784 ballots left to be counted, and that number could be as high as around 60,000.
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.