Editor’s Note: This story will be updated throughout the evening.
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - With candidates from both parties running unopposed for seats on the Township Committee in Tuesday’s New Jersey Primary, there was little drama locally.
Unofficial election results provided by the Somerset County Clerk and Hillsborough Township Clerk Pam Borek do not include the absentees, provisional or hand counted votes for all candidates:
Veteran Republican Committee members Greg Burchette and Carl Suraci are not running for re-election in November; they have stepped aside in favor of Ron Skobo of 7 Claudia Road and Shawn Lipani of 32 Lindstrom Drive.
Democratic candidates are James Bergstrom, 78 Wertsville Road and Jeffrey Wright, 47 Millburn Drive.
Skobo received 1,122 votes; Lipari, 1,148 votes; Wright, 1,627 votes and Bergstrom, 1,587 votes.
Across New Jersey there was no shortage of drama, with an incumbent senator fighting hard to hold on to his seat and well-financed Democratic campaigns gearing up for a bigger battle in November; the national Democratic Party has targeted New Jersey in an effort to flip districts currently represented by Republicans and ultimately take control of the House of Representatives.
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, acquitted of corruption charges in a high-profile trial earlier this year, faced a stiff challenge from Lisa A. McCormick.
In Hillsborough, McCormick topped Menendez, receiving 986 votes while Menendez received 822 votes.
With 67 percent of the vote counted in Somerset County at 11 p.m., McCormick was leading Menendez by a margin of 5,453 to 5,007.
In the Republican Senate Primary vote, Bob Hugin received 1,013 votes in Hillsborough while Brian D. Goldberg received 177 votes.
Closer to home in the Seventh Congressional District, which includes Hillsborough, incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance, who has served in the House since 2009, faced challenges from Raafat Barsoom and Lindsay Brown. Lance is one of five Republican congressman targeted by the Democrats.
In Hillsborough, Lance received 963 votes; Barsoom, 125 votes and Brown, 116 votes.
Tom Malinowski, a former Assistant Secretary of State in the Obama Administration and a member of the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, was favored to win over two other Democrats to challenge Lance in November.
In Hillsborough, Malinowski received 1,053 votes; Peter Jacob, who ran against Lance and lost two years ago, received 324 votes and attorney Goutam Jois received 417 votes.
Republican incumbent Somerset County Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione received 1,103 votes and running mate Mark Caligurie received 1,128 votes.
Democratic Freeholder candidate Shanel Robinson received 1,622 votes and running mate Sara Sooy received 1,631 votes.