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VBM ballots close in key legislative races

Republicans lack an advantage in any competitive districts

By David Wildstein, October 31 2019 2:49 pm

Vote-by-mail ballots in some of New Jersey’s most closely-watched legislative races remain competitive, with Democrats holding an edge but in most cases just slightly in places.

District 1: 54% of VBM ballots have been cast, with both parties about dead even: out of 7,594 returned ballots, Democrats are ahead of Republicans by just 46.  There are 6,345 mail-in ballots not yet cast, of which 2,162 are from Democrats, 1,913 from Republicans, and 2,238 from voters unaffiliated with any party.

State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) faces a tough challenge from Cumberland County GOP Chairman Michael Testa.  Assemblymen Bruce Land (D-Vineland) and Matthew Milam (D-Vineland) are being challenged by Lower Township Mayor Erik Simonsen and Ocean County Councilman Antwan McClellan.

District 8: With 48.5% of mail-in ballots returned, Democrats have sent back 247 more than Republicans out of 8,711.   The pool of unreturned ballots is at 9,244 – 3,418 Democrats, 2,666 Republicans, and 3,102 Unaffiliateds.

Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) and former Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield are being challenged by Democrats Gina LaPlaca, a former Assembly staffer and lobbyist, and attorney Mark Natale.

District 25: 37% of vote-by-mail ballots already cast, with Democrats at a 44.8% to 38.2% advantage over the Republicans.  Of the 10,342 VBM ballots not yet returned, 3,671 are from Democrats, 3,161 from Republicans, and 3,450 from Unaffiliateds.

State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) is seeking re-election to an Assembly seat he has no intention to hold.  He’s running with Denville Councilman Brian Bergen against Democrats Lisa Bhimani, a physician, and Darcy Draeger, a full-time farmer.

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