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Republican congressional candidate Frank Pallotta.

Pallotta lead expands slightly, while Senate race stays close

Pearson leads Cooper by 27 votes in Cumberland

By Nikita Biryukov, July 08 2020 5:16 pm

Former investment banker Frank Pallotta has slightly expanded his lead over former Cresskill Councilman John McCann, though contests for the fifth district’s Republican nomination and the GOP Senate primary remain too close to call.

Pallotta is up over McCann by about 5,000 votes with an indeterminate number of votes uncounted, especially in Bergen and Passaic Counties.

The margin in that race is about 54% to 30%.

With only about 2,050 votes more than Hirsh Singh, U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta holds a much narrower lead in the contest to take on U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.

About 10,000 votes remain uncounted in Bergen County, and it’s not clear how many of those were cast by voters in the fifth district.

It’s unclear how many ballots remain in Passaic County, which released no results last night but slowly began counting votes Wednesday.

In Cumberland County’s Democratic primary, two incumbent freeholders have increased their leads over Freeholder Jack Surrency, who ran off the line after losing party support, though one of Surrency’s running mates holds a 27-vote lead over the third establishment-backed candidate.

Former Freeholder Donna Pearson, a Surrency ally, maintains a 27-vote lead over Millville commissioner Bruce Cooper.

Freeholder Carol Musso is in first by about 1,700 votes, while Freeholder George Castellini holds a 400-vote lead over Pearson.

Roughly 2,000 votes remain uncounted in Cumberland, though it’s not clear how many of those were cast by Democratic Primary voters.

Those tallies do not include uncounted mail-in ballots received by Tuesday, late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday, provisional ballots that won’t be counted for at least a week and mail-in ballots that were disqualified but may be cured at a later date.

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