BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — When it came to casting votes for president in the November 3 general election, more Belmar voters favored President Donald Trump while Joe Biden was the top choice of the majority of Lake Como voters.

In Belmar, Trump received 1,784 votes and Biden 1,716 votes, and in Lake Como, Biden garnered 526 votes to Trump’s 436, according to the official election results.

In terms of the public questions, legalizing recreational marijuana was a runaway winner in both municipalities — 2,442 yes votes to 1,126 no votes in Belmar, and 714 yes votes to 350 no votes in Lake Como.

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Here’s a rundown of how Belmar and Lake Como residents voted in the state and county races, and as well for their tallies on the other two public questions.

In the U.S. Senate race, Belmar voters cast 1,789 votes for Republican Rikin “Ric” Mehta, who was defeated by Democratic incumbent Cory Booker, who chalked up 1,673 votes in the borough. Booker came out on top in Lake Como, receiving 493 votes to Mehta’s 452.

Congressman Chris Smith (R-4th District), who won his re-election bid over Democrat Stephanie Schmid, was the top vote-getter in both towns — 1,901 to 1,471 in Belmar and 466 to 438 in Lake Como.

On the county level, the winning GOP ticket of Ross Licitra and Lillian Burry dominated the vote in Belmar, where Licitra received 1,821 votes and Burry 1,844 votes, while their Democratic opponents — Michael Penna and Moira Nelson — received 1,580 and 1,586 votes, respectively. But in Lake Como, Penna’s vote total of 470 and Nelson’s of 466 placed them ahead of Burry with 455 and Licitra with 452.

For Monmouth County clerk, GOP incumbent Christine Giordano Hanlon outpaced Democrat Angel Ahbez-Anderson in Belmar (2,032 to 1,443 votes) and in Lake Como (521 to 419 votes) in her successful re-election bid.

When asked whether peacetime veterans should receive a property tax deduction and exemption, Belmar and Lake Como voters overwhelming supported the referendum — with 2,671 yes votes in Belmar, compared to 833 no votes, and with 739 yes votes in Lake Como, compared to 208 no votes.

The third public question — to change the legislative redistricting schedule if the U.S. Census is delayed — received mixed results. In Belmar, there were 1,691 no votes to 1,668 yes votes, while in Lake Como, there were 501 yes votes to 411 no votes.

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