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

Selen declares victory with an 8,000 vote lead

Roughly 40,000 uncounted ballots remain in Morris, but trend favors GOP

By Nikita Biryukov, November 13 2020 2:21 pm

Morris County Freeholder Tayfun Selen declared victory over Democratic challenger Cary Amaro Friday.

“I want to congratulate my opponent, Cary Amaro, on a competitive and hard-fought race that challenged us both in unprecedented ways,” Selen said. “After reviewing the recent vote count, I am confident in declaring victory today and want to thank the citizens of Morris County for putting their faith in me.”

Selen leads his challenger by 7,950 votes with about 40,000 ballots left to be counted in Morris.

The New Jersey Globe has not yet called the race, but voting trends are highly suggestive of a Republican victory there.

Though Amaro was 7,617 votes ahead on election day, her chances at victory continue to narrow and a Democratic victory there will soon be precluded unless Democrats begin winning the county’s remaining votes with a 60%-40% margin. That’s not likely to happen.

The Morris County Republican Committee chose Selen to fill the last year of Heather Darling’s unexpired term on the board after she left that post to become the county’s surrogate.

The former Chatham Township mayor defeated former Long Hill committeeman Bruce Meringolo 198 to 171.

If he wins, he’ll serve a full three-year freeholder term.

“Only in America can someone go from an immigrant who pumped gas to make ends meet 24 years ago to an elected official representing nearly a half million people today,” Selen said. “I’m honored and humbled, and look forward to making Morris County an even better place to live over the next three years.”

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