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Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Gopal takes lead in close Senate race

Freshman Monmouth senator now leads Annetta by over 1,000 votes

By David Wildstein, November 03 2021 6:35 pm

After trailing last night, Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) is now 1,052 votes ahead in his bid for re-election to a second term in the State Senate.

Gopal leads Republican Lori Annetta, 33,610 to 32,558, after more ballots were counted in Monmouth County on Wednesday evening.

Annetta was 490 votes in front last night and 423 up earlier in the day.

Two Republican Assembly challengers, Marilyn Piperno (33,534) and Kimberly Eulner (33,378), still lead three-term Democratic incumbents Joann Downey (31,621) and Eric Houghtaling (31,406).

The Green Party candidate, Dominique Faison, has 1,025 votes.

Gopal was elected to the Senate four years ago after ousting three-term Republican incumbent Jennifer Beck.

Final 11th district results:

Gopal 51.9% // Annetta 48.1%

Piperno 25.1%, Eulner 24.9% // Downey 24.7%, Houghtaling 24.5% // Faison 0.8%

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