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Morris County Freeholder Tayfun Selen. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe).

In Morris freeholder race, Democatic lead now cut to 410

By David Wildstein, November 10 2020 8:56 pm

Just 410 votes separate two candidates for Morris County freeholder as hopes for the first countywide Democratic win in 47 years is quickly evaporating.

Democrat Cary Amaro now leads Republican incumbent Tayfun Selen, 102,607 to 102,197 after 8,237 more votes were added late Tuesday.

There are still around 80,000 mail-in ballots that remain uncounted, and an additional 12,500 provisional ballots.

Amaro’s has been ahead of Selen since election night, but her 8,359-vote lead one week ago continues to dwindle.  She began the day in front by 5,005 votes, a number that was cut in half by 4 PM and is now razor-thin.

Selen won a special election for freeholder in January to replace Heather Darling, who resigned to become Morris County Surrogate.

Making her second bid for freeholder, Amaro 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.

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