Media outlets unanimously declared incumbent Democrat Rep. Tom Malinowski the winner in New Jersey’s 7th congressional district race on election night.
Yet as the percentage of estimated votes counted grew, Republican Thomas Kean Jr. whittled down Malinowski’s seemingly insurmountable lead to the point that the New York Times retracted its projection calling the race for Malinowski, now labeling the election too close to call.
With approximately 96% of the vote reported, Malinowski leads Kean by just over 4,000 votes — or a one-point margin. (Western Journal)
About 400,000 votes have been tallied in the race and 38,000 remain uncounted, the New Jersey Globe reported.
Kean, who has been the New Jersey state Senate Republican leader since 2008, hasn’t commented on the tightening race.
The Associated Press, which called the race on Nov. 4, said it is currently monitoring the situation.
From @AP spokesman: “The Associated Press continues to watch and analyze vote count results from New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District as they come in. We will follow the facts in all cases.” https://t.co/JgvbGqGilW
— David Wildstein (@wildstein) November 12, 2020
Kean’s father served as the governor of New Jersey for eight years before chairing the 9/11 Commission.