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Rep. Tom Malinowski, left, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (New Jersey Globe.)

Malinowski now leads by 4,961 after gaining 412 votes on Kean

More votes counted in Union County on Sunday

By David Wildstein, November 15 2020 5:10 pm

Democratic Rep Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) expanded his lead over Republican Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) by 412 votes after Union County added 644 newly-counted votes to their tally on Sunday.

Malinowski now leads Kean by 4,961 votes, 209,933 to 204,972 (50.6% to 49.4%) in the close race for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district.

The freshman congressman has had a small surge over the weekend after adding more votes in Union and Morris counties.

Somerset and Warren have not released new numbers since Friday.  The last numbers out of Essex were Wednesday and Hunterdon on Thursday.

The Malinowski campaign filed a lawsuit on Friday evening to force five of the 7th district’s counties to release lists of voters who sent in rejected naked ballots.

Malinowski who unseated five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) in 2018, was in front of Kean by 28,412 votes on election night.

The 7th district had been held by Republicans from 1956 until Malinowski ousted Lance two years ago by 16,200 votes, 51.7% to 46.7%.

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