MORRISTOWN -- With almost 75 percent of the vote tallied in Morris County, state Senator Joe Pennacchio holds a 21 point lead over challenger former U.S. Representative Dick Zimmer in the Republican U.S. Senate primary.
Pennacchio nabbed over 55 percent (8,321 votes) of the northern Jersey district, with Zimmer mustering 36.51 percent (5,486 votes). Economist Murray Sabin has 7.93 percent (1,192 votes).
The Pennacchio campaign considered Morris County a stronghold area as he represents portions of the county in the state Senate.Read More >
NEWARK - The warmup acts are underway here at the Gateway Hilton, with congressmen Steve Rothman, Bill Pascrell and Frank Pallone leading the chants of "six more years."
Stepping through the hoopla, State Party Chairman Joseph Cryan announces that it’s a blowout for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and the supporters sprinkled among the sizeable press corps unleash some whoops.
"We are going to be back with you with our winner and Gov. Corzine and Sen. Menendez in just a moment," shouts Cryan.Read More >
PRINCETON -- With preliminary results pouring into the headquarters of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer this evening, it looks as though Zimmer, a late entry into the contest, has taken an early lead in Somerset and Hunterdon counties despite the party organizational lines there being awarded to state Sen. Joe Pennacchio.
"That's where he lives, people know them there," says spokesman Ken Kurson, "people that know Dick Zimmer, love Dick Zimmer."
With 62% of the vote reported, Zimmer a resident of Delaware Township in Hunterdon County currently leads Pennacchio nearly two-to-one, 58-30%.Read More >
NEWARK - Total turnout, including Election Day and absentees, remains low here - just 10.22%.
But with 426/551 Essex County districts reporting, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg holds a 77.11% to 19.96% lead over U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) in their U.S. Senate primary. That's 24,564 votes for Lautenberg, compared to 6,357 for Andrews.
Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello trails with 915 votes.Read More >
NEWARK - Freeholder Ralph Caputo, battling to hold onto his 5th District seat in the face of a contentious challenge from former Montclair Mayor Bob Russo, is leading comfortably with 45.53% of the vote counted.
With 56 out of a toal 123 districts reporting, Caputo has 58.76% (1,664 votes), compared to 41.24% (1,168 votes) for Russo.Read More >
NEWARK - With 211 out of 551 districts, or 38.29%, reporting, U.S. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is holding a substantial lead over challenger U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) in Essex County.
Lautenberg has thus far received 74.93% (10,654 votes), compared to Andrews's 21.90% (3,114 votes), according to the Essex County Clerk's Office.
In the Republican Senate primary, former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer is maintaining a comfortable lead over state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris).
Zimmer has 55.36% (1,636 votes), compared to 36.21% for Pennacchio, and 8.22% (243) for economist Murray Sabrin.
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NEWARK - The Andrews-Lautenberg battle might as well be some other era’s war here in the South Ward, where U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) and his "B" line allies are trying to withstand a line "E" challenge by Mayor Cory Booker and the South Ward Independent Democrats.
The city’s been quiet all day for the most part - except here, and now is no exception. The mood intensifies.
"Ward control," says Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Newark), when asked what’s at stake here on Election Day. "The fight isn’t at the top of the ticket. For once the fight is at the bottom of the ticket, way at the bottom, county committee."Read More >
As Andrews supporters await election returns at Camden County Democratic Headquarters in Cherry Hill, the mood is optimistic-- if only by necessity.
Andrews spokesman Bill Caruso said that they think turnout statewide could be somewhere south of 200,000 – extremely low for a primary. That, he said, is more likely to benefit Andrews, who’s trailed in polls by double digits since the race began two short months ago.
“We were expecting turnout somewhere south of 300,000, now we’re maybe looking south of 200,000, which is good for us,” said Caruso. “You can throw any poling models at the window with that turnout.”Read More >
Democratic Party insiders are converging tonight on the Morristown home of attorney Phil Sellinger.Read More >
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