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Republican Assembly candidates Kim Eulner, left and Marilyn Piperno. (Photo: Facebook).

Piperno, Eulner hold narrow lead in 11th district Assembly race

Downey picks up 30 votes, but still trails by 346; election officials won’t resume counting until Friday

By David Wildstein, November 09 2021 7:01 pm

The Monmouth County Board of Elections has stopped counting votes until Friday, leaving a race for State Assembly in the 11th district still up in the air.

Three-term Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) picked up some votes on Tuesday, but still trails Republican Kim Eulner, a Shrewsbury borough councilwoman, by 346 votes.  Downey had trailed by 376 votes as of last Friday.

There are still about 1,800 provisional ballots left to be counted, as well as an unspecified number of vote-by-mail ballots with outstanding cure letters seeking to correct technical defects that would permit them to be counted.

Eulner and running mate Marilyn Piperno have held their lead since election night.

Piperno has 34,549 votes, with Eulner at 34,388.  Downey is at 34,043 and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling has 33,784.

A Green Party candidate, Dominique Faison, has 1,116 votes and may have spoiled the chances for Democrats to hold one or both of the Assembly seats.

Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) won his second term over Republican Lori Annetta.  He leads by 2,622 votes, 36,138 to 33,516 (52%-48%).  Gopal was 490 votes down on election night.

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