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Cumberland County Freeholder Carol Musso, right, with former Freeholder Joseph Riley. Photo: Facebook.

Cumberland freeholder race remains close

Lods narrows gap with Pearson to 1,595

By David Wildstein, November 10 2020 9:07 am

The lead in the race for Cumberland County freeholder still belongs to the Democrats, with more than 5,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots still uncounted.

Democrat Donna Pearson has a 1,595-vote lead over Republican Victoria Lods, 28,551 to 26,956.  Pearson, a former freeholder who ran off the line in the Democratic primary, has held the lead since election night, but Lods has gained votes in every count since then.

Lods had trailed Pearson by 2,374 after Sunday’s count.

Cumberland, which has been one of the slowest counting counties in New Jersey, will begin tabulating provisional ballot as early as Wednesday.

Democratic incumbent Carol Musso remains the top vote-getter with 28,964, followed by another incumbent, George Castellini with 28,856.   Just 108 votes separate Musso and Pearson.

Republicans Antonio Romero (26,577) and Darwin Cooper (25,949) are behind by wider margins.

Sheriff Robert Austino, a Democrat, is likely to have been re-elected against Republican Michael Donato.  Austino leads 3,902 votes, 54%-46%.

Democrats are leading at the top of the ticket in Cumberland: Joe Biden (52%), Cory Booker (52%), and Amy Kennedy (50%).

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