Republican Michael Testa, Jr. defeated incumbent State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak by 3,585 votes, a 53%-47% margin, in a special election for State Senate in the 1st district, according to final but still unofficial tallies released by County Clerk’s offices in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland.
In the Assembly race, Republican challengers Erik Simonsen, the mayor of Lower Township, and Ocean City Councilman Antwan McClellan, defeated incumbents Bruce Land (D-Vineland) and Mathew Milam (D-Vineland).
Simonsen was the top vote-getter with 37,304, followed by McClellan at 26,264. Land (23,778) ran 2,486 votes behind McClellan and Milam finished fourth with 22,234 votes – 5,070 behind Simonsen.
This was the first GOP sweep of the 1st district since 1997.
Testa won Cape May by 2,691 votes (54.5%), Cumberland by 516 votes (51%), and 378 votes in Atlantic (61%).
Land and Milam, the only Assembly incumbents to lose re-election this year, narrowly carried Cumberland but lost badly in Cape May and Atlantic.
Testa becomes the first Republican Senator from the 1st district since Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) ousted incumbent Nicholas Asselta (R-Vineland) in 2007.
He is expected to take office in early December, after the official results are certified.