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Democrats still lead in Cumberland freeholder race, but one Republican staying alive

12,500 ballots still uncounted a Republican Victoria Lods trails Democrat Donna Pearson by 2,374

By David Wildstein, November 09 2020 9:43 am

The race for seats on the Cumberland County Board of Freeholders remains close in what might be the slowest-counting place in New Jersey.

After just 2,601 ballots were counted on Sunday, there are still about 8,000 vote-by-mail ballots and around 4,500 provisionals that remain uncounted.

Republican Victoria Lods picked up 119 votes in her bid to become a freeholder, and now trails Democrat Donna Pearson, 25,403 to 23,029 –a margin of 2,374.

A former aide to State Sen. Nichola Asselta (R-Vineland) who is making her third bid for countywide office, Lods has been gaining every day.

Democratic incumbent Carol Musso remains the top vote-getter with 25,705, followed by another incumbent, George Castellini with 25,628.   Just 302 votes separate Musso and Pearson.

Republicans Darwin Cooper (22,097) and Antonio Romero (22,598) and Darwin Cooper (22,097) trail 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 (53%), Cory Booker (53%), and Amy Kennedy (52%).

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