Election News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, November 8, 2017


SOME KEY CONTESTED LEGISLATIVE RACES   ( ✔︎) indicates the winner

  • Sen. Sweeney won a hard, expensive battle in LD 3, Democrat Vin Gopal (D) flipped LD 11 by defeating Sen. Jennifer Beck (R), and Roy Freiman (D) won the Assembly  seat formerly held by Jack Ciattarelli (R)   but in LD 2 Chris Brown (R) won the seat formerly held by Sen. Whelan (D). A close one: The LD 8 Republicans only won by a few hundred votes.
  • “Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto fell short of his Hail Mary attempt to elect Democrats in long shot districts like the 25th and 39th, meaning it looks like Craig Coughlin has the votes to oust him. (Matt Friedman)
  • LD 2   Senate: Colin Bell (D-I)  ✔︎Chris Brown (R)
  • LD 3 Senate: ✔︎Steve Sweeney (D-I)  Fran Grenier (R) LD 11 
  • LD 11 Senate: Jennifer Beck (R-I)   ✔︎Vin Gopal (D) Assembly✔︎Joann Downey (D-I)  ✔︎Eric Houghtaling (D-I)   Michael Whelan (R)  Robert Acerra  (R)
  • LD 14 Senate:✔︎ Linda Greenstein (D-I). Ileana Schirmer,(R)
  • LD 16 Senate: ✔︎Kip Bateman (R-I) Laurie Poppe (D)  Assembly: ✔︎Andrew Zwicker (D-I) and ✔︎Roy Freiman (D)  Donna Simon (R). Mark Caliguire(R)
  • LD 23 Senate: ✔︎Michael Doherty (R-I) Christine Chen (D)  Assembly: ✔︎ Erik Peterson (R-I)  ✔︎John DaMaio (R-I)  Laura Shaw (D) Charles Boddy (D) 
  • LD 24 Assembly: ✔︎Parker Space (R-I)  ✔︎Harold Wirths (R)  Kate Matteson (D)  Gina Trish (D)
  • LD 39 Senate: ✔︎Gerald Cardinale (R-i) Linda Schwager (D) Assembly: ✔︎Robert Auth R-I). ✔︎Holly Schepisi (R-I)  Jannie Chung (D) Annie Hausmann (D)
  • LD 40 Senate: ✔︎Kristin Corrado (R-I) Thomas Duch (D)


  • Atlantic City City: Frank Gilliam (D) defeated incumbent Don Guardian (R).
  • Camden: Democratic City Council President Francisco “Frank” Moran coasted to victory in a race where no Republicans were running.
  • Jersey City: Steven Fulop (D) won re-election by defeating challenger Bill Matsikoudis.
  • Hoboken: City Councilman Ravi Bhalla topped five other candidates in the race to succeed Dawn Zimmer, who decided not to seek a third term in office.



Comments (3)

  1. Bill Orr (Post author)

    In LD 8 the two Republicans have the highest votes, but all four are at 25%, so close that AP has not called anyone a victor. A recount in the works?

    Name Party Votes Vote %
    Howarth, Joe (i) GOP 28,401 25%
    Peters, Ryan GOP 28,206 25%
    Schwartz, Joanne Dem 27,993 25%
    Merlino, Maryann Dem 27,843 25%
    Calhoun, Ryan Ind 732 1%

    1. 12mileseastofTrenton

      I would think so.

  2. 12mileseastofTrenton

    Nice win. Looks like the margin is up to 13 now. Let the infighting begin!


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