HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Although the results of the Democratic Primary election will not be fully known for another two weeks, incumbents backed by the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) in Hudson County appear to be well on their way to facing their GOP opponents in November.
Some mail-in ballots and provisional votes still need to be tallied.
With some believing that the Democratic Party is facing an identity crisis as candidates that are younger and considered more “progressive” emerge, Tuesday’s results settle, at least for the moment, the direction the party will take going into the November elections.
“I feel good about the results,” said HCDO Chair Amy DeGise. “Vote by mail was difficult to implement in the time we had but the numbers were along the lines we estimated. I hope going forward we can increase the turnout.”
The turnout for Joe Biden as the Party’s candidate at the top of the ticket indicates that Democrats old and new will present a united front against GOP President Donald Trump in November.
Perhaps the most watched of the races in Hudson County pitted HDCO-backed Rep. Albio Sires against progressive Democrat Hector Oseguera. Although Sires, historically, has had a progressive voting record, he has also sometimes “crossed the aisle” in order to get GOP votes for critical legislation. Sires became the target of an aggressive campaign as Oseguera attempted to paint him as too mainstream.
As with many progressive campaigns, Oseguera relied heavily on social media to make up for Sires’ better funded campaign.
Sires, who said he got a lot of support from various parts of his legislative district, and claimed voters recognized his stances on key issues such as gun control and repairing the immigration system, won by a 3-1 margin
While Oseguera was endorsed by Jersey City Councilman James Solomon, who also endorsed two progressive freeholder challengers, Sires had the backing of prominent Democrats such as Gov. Phil Murphy and U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.
Of the five freeholder races challenged, Yraida Aponte-Lipski had the closest race against progressive Eleana Little. Aponte-Lipski leads Eleana Little by 16 percent of the votes cast.
HCDO Incumbents Jerry Walker, Anthony Romano, Fanny Cedeno, and Anthony Vainieri hold significant leads.
Romano was challenged by Ronald Bautista while Walker was challenged by Rachel O’Brien.
Freeholders Kenny Kopacz, Bill O’Dea, Caridad Rodriguez and Al Cifelli ran unopposed.
“I’m comfortable with my lead, but you can never get too comfortable,” Romano said.
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