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Hillsborough: Ciattarelli Loses GOP Gubernatorial Bid; Local Candidates' Vote Totals Very Close

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Hillsborough resident and state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th, lost his bid to be elected the GOP Gubernatorial candidate to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in Tuesday's statewide Primary.
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Republican Township Committeeman Doug Tomson, left, speaks with Democrats Jane Staats and Harry Burke. Tomson's running mate, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, is to his left. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th, a Hillsborough resident, lost his bid to be the GOP candidate for Governor in Tuesday’s statewide Primary, with rival Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno rolling up a 15 percent advantage.

At midnight, with 99 percent of the vote counted, Guadagno had received 112,529 votes; Ciattarelli totaled 74,732.

Meanwhile, if Tuesday’s vote totals in the local Township Committee Primary are any indication of what’s to come in the November election, both parties will be campaigning hard for the next several months.

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The same can be said for the 16th District Senate and Assembly races, Somerset County Clerk and Somerset County Freeholder contests, where the vote totals for all candidates were equally tight.

The Township Committee vote totals showed incumbent Republican Deputy Member Gloria McCauley receiving  1,643 votes while her running mate, Township Committeeman Doug Tomson received 1,639 votes.

Democratic challengers Jane Staats received 1,646 votes, while her running mate, Harrison Burke, received 1,622 votes.

All four candidates ran unopposed.

Guadagno, who has served 7 ½ years under Gov. Chris Christie, will face off in the Nov. 7 election against Democrat Phil Murphy, an easy winner in the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary.

Ciattarelli was one of five Republican Gubernatorial candidates in today’s New Jersey Primary election. There were six candidates in the Democratic Primary race.

 Ciattarelli received 1,462 votes in Hillsborough; Guadagno, 324. The other three candidates – Joseph Rullo, Hirsh Singh and Steven Rogers received fewer than 100 votes each.

Vote totals in Hillsborough for the Democratic Gubernatorial nomination included Bill Brennan, activist and former firefighter (73 votes); Jim Johnson, former U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement (470 votes:  Raymond Lesniak, state Senator and former chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee(142 votes);Murphy, former United States Ambassador to Germany and former Goldman Sachs executive (757 votes); John Wisniewski, state Assemblyman and former chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (631 votes) and Mark Zinna, Tenafly Borough Council president (26 votes).

Statewide, there were 493,229 votes cast in the Democratic Gubernatorial contest, with Murphy receiving 237,543.

Vote totals for Somerset County Freeholder candidates showed Republican incumbent Brian D. Levine with 1,565 votes and running mate Brian Gallagher, the mayor of Somerville, with 1,572 votes.

Democrat candidates for freeholder, county clerk, Assembly and state Senate all ran unopposed.

Democrat Freeholder candidate Alex Avellan received 1,605 votes while running mate Shanel Robinson received 1,615 votes.

Results in the Primary for Somerset County Clerk show incumbent Republican Bret Radi receiving 1,693 votes. Democrat candidate Steve Peter, Borough Council president in Somerville, received 1,569 votes.

Republican and Democratic voters also voted for state Senate and state Assembly candidates.l

Longtime Republican state Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman ran unopposed in the GOP Primary, as did Democratic candidate Laurie Poppi, a Hillsborough resident.  Bateman received 1,722 votes while Poppe received 1,659 votes.

Running unopposed in the 16th Assembly Primary was Democrat incumbent Andrew Zwicker, who will be joined by Roy Freiman. Zwicker received 1,544 votes, Freiman 1,539.

Republicans running unopposed were Donna Simon, a former member of the Assembly who was defeated by Zwicker two years ago and Mark Caligure, a Somerset County Freeholder.  Simon’s vote total was 1,664; Caliguire had 1,668 votes.

The 16th Senate and Assembly District includes the Hunterdon County municipalities of Delaware Township,Flemington Borough, Raritan Township, Readington Township and Stockton Borough;Princeton in Mercer County and South Brunswick in Middlesex County and the Somerset County municipalities of Branchburg Township, Hillsborough Township, Manville Borough, Millstone Borough, Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill Borough and Somerville.

Statewide, today’s Assembly election featureed 17 contested primaries, including 11 Democratic races and six Republican races. Heading into the general election, Democrats hold a 52-28 majority. Republicans would need to flip 13 seats in order to take control of the chamber in November.

The statewide Senate races featured eight contested primaries: three Democratic races and five Republican races. Four incumbents are facing challengers in the 2017 primary elections: two Democrats and two Republicans. Heading into the general election, Democrats hold a 24-16 majority. Republicans would need to flip five districts in order to take control of the chamber in November.

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