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Salem County GOP freeholder candidate Edward Ramsay. (Photo: Salem County Republicans.)

Contests for Salem freeholder, surrogate to be decided by provisional ballots

Democratic freeholder trails by 725, incumbent surrogate leads by 727

By David Wildstein, November 11 2020 9:25 pm

Races for Salem County Freeholder and Surrogate are still too close to call and will come down to 1,745 provisional ballots.

Republican Edward Ramsay is 725 votes ahead of Charles Hassler, the Democratic incumbent.

Three-term Democratic Surrogate Nicki Burke has a 727 vote lead in her bid for re-election against Republican Beth McCarthy Patrick.

Nearly all of the 32,161 vote-by-mail ballots have been counted.

Ramsay leads Hassler, 15,981 to 15,256, 51%-49%.   Burke is in front of Patrick, 15,929 to 15,202, 51%-59%.

Hassler had a 385-vote lead on election night, and trailed by 198 votes last Thursday.

On election night, Burke was ahead by 1,594 votes.  Her lead was cut to 1,137 by Thursday.

It’s not immediately clear when Salem will count the remaining ballots.

At least four and up to seven Board of Election employees have tested positive for COVID-19, and several employees have been quarantining, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Donald Trump leads Joe Biden in Salem by 4,282 votes, 56%-42%.

In the U.S. Senate race, Republican Rik Mehta is ahead of Cory Booker by 3,467 votes, 54%-43%.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) is in front of Democrat Amy Kennedy in Salem by 4,137 votes, 55%-42%.

In 2018, when he ran as a Democrat, Van Drew lost Salem to Republican Seth Grossman by 1,095 votes, 51%-46%.

Ramsay is making his second bid for freeholder.  He lost to Democratic incumbent Lee Ware in 2019 by 787 votes.

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