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Hirsh Singh. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Singh, Flanagan not ready to concede Senate race

Mehta leads Singh by 5 percentage points

By David Wildstein, July 11 2020 11:24 pm

With thousands of votes still uncounted in the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in New Jersey, two candidates trailing behind apparent winner Rik Mehta are not ready to concede.

Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration, leads Hirsh Singh by 13,006 votes, 39.4% to 38.3%.  He will now face incumbent Cory Booker.

“1.3 Million Republicans had the right to vote in this primary. Only 253k have been counted so far. In 2016 we saw 477k votes,” Singh said on Twitter Saturday.  “We don’t know how many voted. Must wait until July 23rd. This unprecedented election does not follow traditional trends.”

Another candidate, Tricia Flanagan, is 64,395 votes behind Mehta, with 18%.  She is not ready to acknowledge defeat.

“35% of NJ’s largest populated County of Bergen is left to be counted—8k votes is surely not enough for my opponent to be ‘confident’ of a win there,”Flanagan said in a Tweet earlier today.  “We want Constitutionally-protected fair elections which must include the 44% of voter tallies left statewide—let them be heard.”

Natalie Rivera received 5% and Gene Anagnos finished fifth with 3%.

Anagnos today was highly critical of the role of political parties in the candidate selection process.

Corrupt NJ allows every County clerk to set up ballots in such a manner that only their endorsed candidate wins that county & they only endorse those who fill their coffers with donations,” he said today on Twitter.

Aganos slammed the New Jersey FOP for not interviewing the candidates.

Instead they endorsed a closet Democrat in Mehta & perennial runner & loser Singh,” said Aganos, who entered the race in late March, after parties held their screening committees and conventions.

The New Jersey Globe called the race for Mehta on Friday afternoon.  There is no data to reflect that will change.

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