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Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Pinkin wins primary for Middlesex clerk

Incumbent freeholders handily defeat progressive challengers

By Nikita Biryukov, July 07 2020 9:08 pm

Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin will won the nomination to run for Middlesex County Clerk.

She handily defeated retired Engineer Herb Tarbous, earning 27,217 votes to his 4,427, and will go on to face Republican Joseph Wolak in November.

Freeholders Charles Tomaro and Leslie Kopel trounced progressive challengers Neeharika Thuravil and Catherine Hunt.

Koppel ran in first with 25,389 votes, while Tomaro earned a similarly-high 24,846 votes. Hunt had 6,042 ballots cast in his name, while Thuravil finished last with 5,972 votes.

The incumbents will go on to face John Masculin and Andrew Politi in November.

Republicans haven’t won countywide office in Middlesex since 1991, meaning Pinkin has essentially won the clerkship.

Sitting Clerk Elaine Flynn did not seek re-election.

Pinkin’s departure from the Assembly will set off a special election to fill her seat.

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.


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