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Rep. Tom Malinowski. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Malinowski margin at 14,405 over Kean in NJ-7

Democratic congressman’s election night plurality was around 28,000

By Nikita Biryukov, November 09 2020 5:29 pm

The race for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district continued to tighten over the weekend and on Monday, and Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) now leads Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) by 14,405 votes, 52%-48%, with more than 70,000 ballots still uncounted.

On Saturday, the incumbent led by 17,413 votes.

The congressman’s leads have dropped in four of the district’s six counties, though counts in Hunterdon and Essex haven’t changed in the last two days.

Kean now leads in Morris by 461 votes as the county continues its glacial count. He was up by 20 votes on Saturday.

In Warren, Kean is up to a 2,279-vote lead from the 1,874 he was up on Nov. 7.

Malinowski still holds sizeable leads in Somerset and Union, 7,995 and 13,439, respectively, but even those margins are down from where they were this weekend. He led by 9,273 in Somerset and by 14,323 in Union on Saturday.

Kean is still up by 7,992 votes in Hunterdon, and the incumbent’s 3,703-vote advantage in the single Essex County town in the seventh district remains unchanged.

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