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Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon.

Hanlon likely re-elected, but Monmouth freeholder races too close to call

Biden still leads in predominantly red county

By Nikita Biryukov, November 04 2020 6:57 pm

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon will likely win re-election, but freeholder races in Monmouth County are still too close to call, having tightened considerably in new vote tallies released Wednesday evening.

Hanlon leads Democratic challenger Angela Ahbez-Anderson by about 10 points, 112,991-93,787.

Democrats Michael Penna and Moira Nelson still lead, but the 6,000-vote lead they enjoyed over Freeholder Director Lillian Burry and running mate Ross Licitra have taken a sharp dive.

Penna, who with 103,410 votes is still the race’s top vote-getter, leads Burry by 1,407 votes. Nelson’s 102,190 votes mean her lead over the Republican incumbent is down to just 187 votes.

Burry is up to 102,003 votes, a little under 1,000 more than Licitra’s 101,135.

It’s not clear how many ballots remain uncounted in Monmouth. In any case, the election officials there will continue to accept mail-in ballots through Nov. 10. On Nov. 11, they’ll begin counting provisional ballots cast on election day. Those are expected to favor Republican candidates.

Former Vice President Joe Biden still leads President Donald Trump in Monmouth, 114,663 votes to 95,837.

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