By: Rachel Suga, Writer / Follow South Jersey Bridgeton City Intern
BRIDGETON, N.J. — Cumberland County has now confirmed its 2020 election results, as all votes have finally been counted as of November 19.
This year’s election featured an impressive turnout of nearly 71% of registered voters participating in this year’s election. Polls reflected voters’ passion about the election as some candidates will return to their positions, while some new faces will be seen in federal and county government in the coming year.
More than 52% of the county voted for President-elect Joe Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris. Donald Trump and Mike Pence won slightly more than 46% of Cumberland County’s votes, and less than 2% of voters cast their ballots for other candidates. Libertarian ticket Jo Jorgenson and Spike Cohen won the third highest number of votes in Cumberland County by earning .63%.
In New Jersey’s Second Congressional District race, Republican Jeff Van Drew won reelection to his seat in the House of Representatives. However, Cumberland County voted for Democrat Amy Kennedy, 4.1% higher than Van Drew. Kennedy received 31,266 votes in Cumberland County, while Van Drew pulled only 28,744.
Additionally, Cumberland County’s freeholder board elections were won by the three Democratic candidates on the ballot. Carol Musso, George Castellini, and Donna Pearson are all taking the freeholder board positions, each earning approximately 17% of the votes. Their Republican counterparts Victoria Lods, Darwin Cooper Jr., and Antonio F. Romero won close to 15-16% of the votes per candidate.
Democrat Robert A. Austino won the Cumberland County vote for the next sheriff over Michael Donato by a margin of more than 4,000 votes.
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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.