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Burlington County Commissioner Balvir Singh.

Burlington likely re-elects Democratic county commissioners

By Nikita Biryukov, November 03 2020 10:51 pm

Burlington County Commissioners Balvir Singh and Tom Pullion are likely to defeat Republican challengers for the first time, maintaining complete control over the county government from challenges by former Eastampton Councilman John Adams and former Moorestown School Board member Tinamarie Nicolo, the New Jersey Globe projects.

The Democrats each lead their Republican opponents by about 34,000 votes.

Though the likely win in Burlington does little to increase Democrats’ power there — they already hold all five freeholder seats and two of the county’s three constitutional officer posts — it cements the Democratic Party as the driving force in the county.

Democrats there have a registration advantage of 47,878, though they held a similar, if slightly lower, lead three years ago, when Republicans still held all five freeholder seats.

Buoyed by President Donald Trump’s waning popularity in suburban areas like Burlington, Democrats have won seats on the board year after year, overcoming a Republican organization that once maintained a strong majority despite demographic disadvantages.

Democratic gains in the county propelled Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) to Congress in 2018 and will be key for his chances at a second term this year.

Singh, the first Sikh American to win countywide office in New Jersey, and Pullion are the first of the five Democratic county commissioners — known as freeholders until recently — to win re-election.

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