HILLSBOROUGH , NJ - Uncertainty continues to loom over the outcome of Tuesday’s local elections, with the probability that the final vote count to determine the winners of two seats on the Township Committee won’t be finalized until Tuesday when all provisional ballots and mail-in ballots are counted and included in the final tally, according to Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter.
Had the results already been declared as of Wednesday, a Democrat would be seated on the Township Committee for the first time since 2007, when Democrat Paul Drake lost his seat to Committeeman Frank DelCore, according to Deputy Mayor Doug Tomson.
As of Wednesday afternoon, only 39 votes separated Democrat Olivia Holmes (8,280) and her Republican opponent Ron Skobo (8,241).
Top vote getter as of Wednesday afternoon is GOP Committeeman Shawn Lipani (8,447 votes). Holmes’ Democratic running mate, Jeffrey Wright, (8.149 votes) is also in the mix, 92 votes behind Skobo and 131 votes behind Holmes.
There were 17 write-in votes.
The results late Tuesday showed Lipani (7,365) and Skobo (7,202) with the most votes, followed by Holmes with 6,938 votes and Wright (6,684).
A total of 33,134 votes were tabulated at Hillsborough’s 33 voting districts.