Rik Mehta has increased his lead in the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination to over 9,000 votes in a race that remains too close to call.
Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official, leads Hirsh Singh by a 39.5%-34.9% margin with over 196,000 votes already counted in a race to pick a challenger for Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator.
Tricia Flanagan is running third with 17.7%, followed by Natalie Rivera (5.2%) and Gene Anagnos (2.8%).
Additional votes counted in Bergen County added 5949 votes to Mehta and 2,524 to Singh. Flanagan added 2,306 votes in Bergen and is now running second there, 431 votes ahead of Singh.
Singh, who is making his third bid for public office, is still in the race after winning Ocean County by 25,197 over Mehta.
He carried Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland, where he had the organization lines.
Mehta is ahead in sixteen counties. In Passaic, where a lot of votes remain uncounted, Flanagan is narrowly ahead.
More vote-by-mail ballots are expected to come in over the next week, and the vote tallies listed in this article do not include mail-in ballots received but not yet counted by election officials, provisional ballots that won’t be counted for at least a week and disqualified mail-in ballots that may be cured at a later date.