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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 vs. Kean race tightens again, but not enough to matter

Congressman’s lead is now 4,891

By David Wildstein, November 19 2020 5:38 pm

With Morris County ballots now completely counted, Republican Tom Kean gained 102 more votes in his 7th district congressional bid, leaving Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski with a 4,891-vote lead.

Kean took 142 of the last 182 votes in the Morris portion of the 7th, but there are not enough votes remaining to give Kean any surprise path of winning the race.
Malinowski now leads Kean, 217,005 to 212,114.

The freshman congressman’s 50.6% to 49.4% re-election margin has remained the same since Sunday.

Kean picked up 15 votes in Union and 214 in Hunterdon earlier today.

Ballots are still outstanding in Somerset and Warren, but not enough to effect the outcome of the race.

The New Jersey Globe projected Malinowski as the winner of the 7th district congressional race Tuesday night after additional votes were added to the tally from Union County.

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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