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Democrats still have big VBM lead

By David Wildstein, November 06 2018 5:26 pm

New Jersey has now cast 380,309 votes by mail for the mid-term election, with Democrats maintaining a 20-point lead over Republicans, 47%-27%, in vote-by-mail ballots statewide.

These numbers, compiled by the New Jersey Globe, are rapidly changing and represent only a snapshot of vote-by-mail ballots at a point late this morning.  But the party breakdown of returned VBM ballots have remained consistent throughout the last week.

A total of 570,007 vote-by-mail ballots were sent out by county clerk’s.  Democrats have returned 71% and Republicans have sent back 72%.  Unaffiliated voters have returned 56% of the ballots.

Democrats are dominating VBM ballots throughout the state, with some exceptions.

In Ocean County, Republicans have returned 12,614 VBM’s, while Democrats have sent back 9,125.  That gives the GOP a 42%-31% advantage.

But in some traditionally Republican strongholds, Democrats are keeping pace.

In Morris County, nearly 1,000 more Democratic mail-in ballots have been cast that for the GOP.  Republicans are just barely ahead in Hunterdon and Sussex.

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