NJ: Murphy apparently narrowly beats Ciattarelli for second term as governor

Source: NJ.com

“Phil Murphy, a Democrat who has pushed New Jersey in a more progressive direction and overseen the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, won a second term as the Garden State’s governor Wednesday night, narrowly defeating Republican Jack Ciattarelli in a bitter and closer-than-expected race that was too close to call for nearly 24 hours. The race was called by The Associated Press early Wednesday evening. … As of just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Murphy’s margin over Ciattarelli was less than a percentage point — 50% to 49.2%. It’s a difference of 19,440 votes our of 2.4 million cast, which if it holds up would make it among the closes governor’s race New Jersey has had. … It’s possible the race could still be contested. Mail-in and provisional ballots may be counted through Monday, and Ciattarelli could petition the state courts for a recount.” (11/03/21)