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

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Hirsh Singh recount bid

By David Wildstein, February 22 2021 4:00 pm

The race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2020 has officially come to an end – and Cory Booker can breathe a sigh of relief that he won’t need to mount a do-over of his record-setting re-election bid.

The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a bid by perennial candidate Hirsh Singh to hold a recount of last year’s primary election.

Singh filed a lawsuit three days after the general election alleging that Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order mandating a mostly-mail primary was unconstitutional.

The New Jersey Supreme Court threw out his suit in October.  Singh represented himself.

Singh lost the Republican primary to former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official Rik Mehta by 8,684 votes, 38%-36%.

Refusing to concede, Singh spent the summer and fall asking Superior Court judges across the state to order hand recounts of over 407,000 ballots.   After more than two months of pro se legal maneuvers, the court ultimately combined all the motions under the auspices of Morris County Assignment Judge Stuart Minkowitz.

Minkowitz denied the recount request on September 22.

Booker was re-elected by 724,126 last fall, 57%-41%, against Mehta.

In that race, Booker received more votes than any other Democratic statewide candidate in New Jersey history.  Because of massive turnout in the last presidential race, Mehta also set the record for the greatest number of votes every received by a New Jersey Republican statewide candidate.

Singh is now on to his latest campaign: he’s running for governor.  This is Singh’s fifth campaign in four years.

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