Rik Mehta holds a 2,063-vote lead over rival candidate Hirsh Singh in his bid for the nod to take on U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-Newark).
Mehta leads the three-time political candidate 65,584 votes to 63,521 with roughly 90,000 uncounted mail-in ballots received by Tuesday remaining.
Tricia Flanagan is in a distant third place with 30,581 votes. Natalie Rivera got 8,199, while Gene Anagnos had just 4,421 ballots cast in his name.
Results out of Passaic County, where Mehta has organizational support, are still extremely limited. Currently, Flanagan holds a slight lead over Mehta there, with Singh trailing in third.
Passaic’s GOP mail-in ballots did not include a party line, so Mehta’s organization backing there had its power diluted somewhat.
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.