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GOP Lead Both Races in 25th Legislative District; Morris County Freeholder Contest Tightens

Republicans now lead both races for the 25th Legislative District as votes in Morris County continued to be counted. And the race for Freeholder in the county has been reduced to hundreds of votes. 

For the first time since vote results started to be released, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-25) has a lead over Democratic challenger Darcy Draeger, leading by 687 votes as of 4 p.m.. Nov. 10.

Incumbent State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) continues to build his lead over Rupande Mehta, ahead by 2,936 votes.

In the previous update Nov. 9, Bucco led Mehta by 1,582 votes for the remainder of late State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco term, while Draeger was up by 694 votes over Dunn (R-25).

Vote by County

The 25th Legislative District covers two counties: Morris and Somerset. In Morris, Bucco leads the vote count by a 43,297-40,361 margin, while Dunn is winning by a 41,552-41,256 count. In Somerset, the incumbents are both winning by a 55%-45% margin. Bernardsville is the only Somerset County municipality in the 25th.

In the race for Freeholder, where Democrats have not won a countywide election in Morris County since 1973, Cary Amaro is ahead by 2,165 votes in the race for Morris County freeholder against Republican incumbent Tayfun Selen. Amaro had lead by 5,980 the day before.

Slow Count

Reportedly, the slow count in Morris County is due to the ink being blurred on the envelopes of about one-in-five ballots, preventing scanners from reading bar codes and creating delays in the counting of votes. The blurry ink has forced election workers to manually enter bar code numbers for each voter, into the Statewide Voter Registration System, a problem affecting around 56,000 Morris County ballots that cannot be scanned.

Statewide, complete mail-in ballot results will not be available until after Nov. 10, the deadline for timely postmarked mail-in ballot to be received. Provisional ballots will be counted once all mail-in ballot have been tallied.

Morris has now counted nearly 193,000 ballots out of 288,000 cast, with an unknown amount of provisional ballots received. Official final results may not be available until Nov. 20.

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