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Salem GOP won’t endorse congressional candidate

Toto withdrawal comes too late in process

By David Wildstein, March 25 2018 2:54 pm

Salem County Republicans will not officially endorse any candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district.  The county organization had endorsed Somers Point Councilman James Toto two weeks ago; Toto dropped out of the race for Frank LoBiondo’s seat yesterday and endorsed software engineer Hirsh Singh.

Salem makes up 9% of the total voters in a GOP congressional primary.

Singh, whose campaign had struggled in recent weeks, won the Republican organization line in Atlantic County yesterday.  Atlantic (33%) is the largest county in the district.  With lines in Ocean, Burlington and Camden, Singh now has organization endorsements in 44% of the GOP primary electorate.  Former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi has the line in Cape May (21%0, while the lines in Cumberland and Gloucester belong to retired FBI agent Robert Turkavage and defense contractor Brian Fitzherbert, respectively.

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