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

Upset win for Singh in Ocean throws lifeline to GOP U.S. Senate candidate

Mehta has won 11 organization lines

By David Wildstein, March 05 2020 12:59 pm

Hirsh Singh’s win at the Ocean County GOP convention breaths a little bit life back into his bid for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination to take on Cory Booker.

Singh won the Ocean Republican organization line with 56% of the vote after losing last month’s vote of the Ocean GOP screening committee.

His main rival, former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official Rik Mehta, had won the first 11 votes of the convention season and has secured organization endorsements in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Somerset, Union and Warren counties.

The 11 counties backing Mehta make up 47.7% of the statewide voter registration.

Ocean County has the most number of registered Republicans in the state and makes up 11% of the GOP statewide voter pool.

Republican organization lines in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties are must-wins for Singh, a South Jerseyan making his third run for public office since his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2017.

To overcome Mehta’s organizational edge, Singh needs to score upset victories at Republican conventions in Bergen and Middlesex. Bergen is 10% of the statewide GOP registration, while Middlesex is 6%.

Mehta won the recommendation of the Middlesex GOP screening committee with 94% of the vote on Wednesday evening.

Two other Republicans, Natalie Rivera and Tricia Flanagan, are barely registering in organizational votes.

In the race to pick a Booker opponent in 2014, Jeff Bell won the Republican primary with 29% of the vote without having any organization lines.

Bell carried only five counties: Bergen, Cape May, Morris, Somerset and Morris.

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