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Rep. Josh Gottheimer. (D-Wyckoff). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Bergen finishes counting ballots, most cast since March 2008

By David Wildstein, July 21 2020 10:10 pm

Bergen County cast 142,857 votes in the July 7 primary election, the most since March 2008 when New Jersey moved its presidential primary to Super Tuesday.

Democrats had a 42% turnout in an election conducted mostly through vote-by-mail ballots; Republican turnout as at 28%.  In 2016, Democratic turnout was at 54%.

More votes could still come in, if additional cure letters arrive to fix technical deficiencies on ballots arrive before July 23.

In the 5th district race, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) carried Bergen County by a 67%-33% margin against  progressive Arati Kreibich.  Gottheimer won Bergen by 21,367 votes, carrying every municipality but Glen Rock, where Kreibich is a councilwoman.

On the Republican side, former Cresskill Councilman John McCann carried Bergen by just 1,258 votes over investment banker Frank Pallotta.  After amassing huge margins in Sussex, Warren and Passaic, Pallotta captured the nomination to run against Gottheimer by more than 20 percentage points.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker won 88% in Bergen and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) took 78%.

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