With the vast majority of ballots uncounted, organization-backed candidates in Hudson County lead progressive challengers in all nine district freeholder races.
Freeholder candidate Yraida Aponte-Lipski holds a slight lead, but so few votes have been counted that it’s insignificant.
There are more votes in Freeholder Anthony Romano’s district, and he holds a significant lead over challenger Ronald Bautista there.
In District 6, Fanny Cedeno, State Sen. Brian Stack’s (D-Union City) pick for freeholder, has 90% of the vote.
Freeholder Chair Anthony Vainieri is running far ahead in the eighth district, but vote counts there are also lacking.
There’s no trend to suggest the insurgent candidates will defeat the organizational line. Rep. Albio Sires easily defeated a primary challenge from progressive Hector Oseguera Tuesday.
Vote tallies do not include uncounted mail-in ballots received by Tuesday, late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday, provisional ballots that won’t be counted for at least a week and mail-in ballots that were disqualified but may be cured at a later date.
In this case, there is a huge number of uncounted mail-in ballots.