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Democrats on verge of million vote advantage

Booker poised to set record for most votes by a NJ statewide candidate

By David Wildstein, December 06 2018 2:54 pm

New Jersey is on track to have 1 million more Democrats than Republicans in 2019, if recent voter registration trends continue.

The registration gap between Democrats and Republicans right now is at 930,850.  Democratic registration outpaced the GOP by 93,928 between 2017 and 2018, and by 43,957 between 2016 and 2017.

The other milestone Democrats are facing is their race to outnumber unaffiliated voters (aka independents).  When that happens, it will be in the first time in state history where unaffiliated voters did not make up the largest block.

New Jersey now has 179,876 more unaffiliated than Democrats.  That gap has closed significantly since the 2016 presidential election, when unaffiliateds outnumbered Democrats by 442,296.

Another milestone in sight for Democrats: U.S. Senator Cory Booker could be the first statewide candidate in New Jersey history to hit the 2 million vote mark.

Right now, Bob Menendez holds the record with 1,987,680 votes in his 2012 re-election campaign.  He follows Bill Bradley (1,976,644 in 1984), Frank Lautenberg (1,951,218 in 2008) and Clifford Case (1,743,854 in 1972).

Republican Bill Cahill holds the record for the most votes in a New Jersey gubernatorial election, with 1,411,905 against former Gov. Robert Meyner in 1969.  He’s followed by Brendan Byrne (1,397,613 in 1974) and Tom Kean (1,379,937 in 1985).

The record for most votes in New Jersey belongs to Hillary Clinton (2,148,267 in 2016).  Barack Obama was the first presidential candidate to hit the 2 million mark in 2008; he did it again in 2012.

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