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Victoria Lods. (Photo: Facebook.)

Cumberland freeholder race tightens

By David Wildstein, November 07 2020 11:57 pm

The race for Cumberland County freeholder remains too close to call after new votes released on Saturday night show Republicans gaining.

Republican Victoria Lods now trails Democrat Donna Pearson by 2,497 votes, with about 8,000 vote-by-mail ballots and around 4,000 provisional ballots still uncounted.  Lods has been gaining on each count.

Incumbent Democrat Carol Musso (24,532) is the top vote-getter, followed by another incumbent, George Musso (24,510). Pearson, who ran off the line in the Democratic primary, is running third with 24,240 votes.

Lods, a former aide to State Sen. Nicholas Asselta (R-Vineland), is at 21,743 votes, followed by GOP running mates Darwin Cooper (20,816) and Antonio Romero (21,308).

The third incumbent, Jack Surrency, failed to win organization support in the Democratic primary.  He ran on another line with Pearson, but finished sixth.

In the race for Sheriff, Democratic incumbent Robert Austino leads Republican Michael Donato by 3,943 votes 54%-46%.

Joe Biden has maintained his lead in Cumberland County over Donald Trump.  He’s up front by 3,703 votes 53%-46%. 

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is ahead of Republican Rik Mehta by 4,630 votes, 53.5%-43.5%.

In New Jersey’s 2nd district, Democrat Amy Kennedy’s lead has narrowed to 2,776 votes, 52%-46%.

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