The race for the Morris County Republican organization line is headed to a second ballot, with Tayfun Selen facing off against Larry Casha after a four-way race.
Casha only made it to the runoff by five votes after a political newcomer, U.S. Army veteran Toby Anderson, scored a surprise third place finish.
Republicans are picking a challenger for Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).
Selen, a Morris County Commissioner, finished first with 169 votes, 34.8%. Casha was second with 118 votes, 24.3%. Anderson received 113 votes, 23.3%.
Paul DeGroot, a former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor who had been viewed as one of the top three candidates, finished fourth with 65 votes, 13.4%. DeGroot has already won the organization line in Passaic County.
The winner of the Morris convention is widely viewed as having the inside track to also get the line in Essex County.
Two other candidates trailed far behind. Attorney Larry Friscia received 14 votes and Robert Kovic, a former Ridgefield Park councilman who now lives in Sussex County, finished last with 6 votes.