Douglas Miles appears to have defeated former State Sen. Richard LaRossa (R-Ewing) in the race for the Republican nomination for Mercer County Surrogate.
Miles leads the former state legislator 3,412-2,936 with results unreported in eight districts. IT’s unclear how many provisional ballots were cast in the contest, and election officials will continue accepting mail-in ballots postmarked by election day so long as they receive them by Monday.
LaRossa’s slate of County Commissioner candidates also appear to have lost.
The drama likely means little. Republicans would be hard pressed to win a countywide election in Mercer, where no Republicans elected in a partisan race hold office.
LaRossa was elected to the State Senate in the 1991 anti-Florio landslide, ousting State Sen. Gerald Stockman (R-Trenton) in the 15th district. He won a rematch with Stockman in 1993 but lost his bid for a third term in 1997 to Democrat Shirley Turner (D-Lawrence). In 1996, LaRossa unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for State Senate.
Miles will now face longtime Mercer County Surrogate Diane Gerofsky.