By: Rachel Suga, Writer / Follow South Jersey Bridgeton City Intern
BRIDGETON, N.J. — Election season has come and gone, and South Jersey has most of its results in at this time.
New Jersey’s Second Congressional District election follows the presidential election, as the winner is now known in the race between incumbent Republican candidate Jeff Van Drew and his counterparts, Democrat Amy Kennedy, Justice Mercy Humility Party candidate Jenna Harvey, and Libertarian Jesse Ehrnstrom have finally come to a close.
Van Drew was declared the winner over Kennedy on Friday afternoon with a lead of more than five percentage points and 79.73% of the votes counted. The incumbent, who was elected to the House seat as a Democrat in 2018, racked up 158,000 votes when the Associated Press called the race in his favor. Kennedy, on the other hand, had 143,504 votes when the race was called.
Harvey and Ehrnstrom each earned less than 1% of the votes with 2,894 and 2,341 votes, respectively.
Recently switching over party lines, Van Drew began his occupation of the seat as a Democrat in 2018 when he was elected. He switched his affiliation to the Republican party the day after voting against President Trump’s impeachment last December.
Historically speaking, Atlantic, Burlington, Camden and Cumberland counties have tended to vote Democrat, with Cape May and Ocean counties tending to vote Republican. Gloucester and Salem were pivotal counties in the past few elections, swaying neither Democrat nor Republican in their voting tendencies. However, both counties went in favor of Van Drew in this race.
Elsewhere, New Jersey’s First Congressional District election resulted in Democrat Donald Norcross’s victory at 187,371 votes (63.21%), over his opponent Claire Gustafson, who earned 3,627 votes (35.85%) in the race, according to the AP. Incumbent Democrat Andy Kim took the Third Congressional District seat for New Jersey with 199,129 votes. Republican David Richter trailed Andy Kim by 8.83%, earning 166,465 votes. Neither Norcross nor Kim’s victory came as a surprise, as both were expected to win reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Cumberland County also held its elections for various positions county-wide, including an election for the three available seats in their freeholder race, according to NJ.com. Precincts are still reporting on Cumberland County’s freeholder race, but Democrats Carol Musso (17.8%), George Castellini (17.7%), and Donna Pearson (17.6%) are all pulling the most votes, in the lead with over 25,000 votes each. The Democrats are followed by Republicans Victoria Lods, Darwin Cooper Jr., and Antonio F. Romero, all individually hovering at around 15% of the votes.
Information continues to come in as elections all over the country and New Jersey are being finalized.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.