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GOP surge in Morris count cuts Dem freeholder candidate lead in half

Incumbent Selen trails Amaro by 2,165 votes

By David Wildstein, November 10 2020 5:32 pm

The race for Morris County freeholder significantly tightened this afternoon, with Democrat Cary Amaro now running 2,165 votes ahead of the Republican incumbent, Tayfun Selen.

Amaro now leads Selen, 99,396 to 97,231, 50.5%-49.5.

Earlier today, Amaro was 5,005 votes up.  She has been ahead since election night.

Morris County has counted 210,614 ballots as of 4 PM, adding about 17,000 votes to the tally today.

There are still about 89,000 uncounted vote-by-mail ballots, plus about 12,500 provisional ballots that may not be counted until the weekend or early net week.

If Amaro wins – she has been ahead since election night – she would become the first Democratic freeholder in Morris County since Douglas Romaine.  Romaine won in 1973 and lost his bid for re-election in 1976.

Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in Morris County by 20,029, down from 21,884 votes earlier today.  Biden is up 54%-44% in a county that has not backed a Democratic presidential candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is in front by 13,761 votes over Republican Rik Mehta and leads 53%-46%.  Earlier today, Booker’s margin was 15,912.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) is 14,627 ahead of Republican Rosemary Becchi in the Morris County municipalities in the 11th.  Sherrill’s lead this morning was 16,177.

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