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New Jersey Senate Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean, Jr. , left, and Rep. Tom Malinowski. Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe

With counting almost completed, Kean again narrows margin of loss to Malinowski

Union County trims Democratic margin by just 15 votes

By David Wildstein, November 19 2020 2:03 pm

Another 515 votes in Union County isn’t moving the needle in New Jersey’s 7th district.

Republican Tom Kean picked up 15 votes in his home county today, but Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski is maintaining his narrow 50.6% to 49.4% lead.

Malinowski is now 4,993 votes in front of Kean, 216,965 to 211,972.

The 50.6% to 49.4% race has been the same since Sunday.

Kean outpolled Malinowski in today’s Union count, 265 to 250.

It’s not entirely clear where today’s batch of votes came from – they could represent a scattering – but Kean won 51.4% of the small number of ballots.  That’s better than the 45.3% he’s getting in Union county overall.

Earlier today, Kean shaved 214 votes of Malinowski’s margin in Hunterdon.

The New Jersey Globe projected Malinowski as the winner of the 7th district congressional race Tuesday night after additional votes were added to the tally from Union County.

Malinowski, who unseated five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) in 2018, was in front of Kean by 28,412 votes on election night.

The 7th district had been held by Republicans from 1956 until Malinowski ousted Lance two years ago by 16,200 votes, 51.7% to 46.7%.

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