MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ - While the national election spins a closer to Democrat blue, there is plenty of Republican red to go around in Monmouth County. By Friday night, the Freeholder race (now called Commissioners) is clearly Republican with Lillian Burry and Ross Licitra pulling ahead.
Burry leads with 149,382 votes with Ross Licitra coming in second at 148,335 votes. Their opponents netted 131,692 for Michael Penna and 129,895 for Moira Nelson.
In Colts Neck, Republicans Michael Viola and Tara Torchia Buss earned 4244 and 4197 votes respectively. They were unopposed.
Hazlet saw incumbent Michael Sachs at 5226 votes easily win, thus far, his election over Democrat Morgan Pulcine. She received 3779 votes.
Holmdel Republicans lead continued to grow over their Democrat opponents. Friday's totals are Buontempo and Luccarelli tallying 5,131 and 5,033 respectively. Their opponents, Joseph Romano and Michael Jenkins tallied 3,348 and 3,151.
Middletown Republicans had a big showing against their Township Committee opponents. Patricia Snell was the top vote getter with 17,994 votes and her running mate Ryan Clarke netted 17,645 votes. Their Democrat opponents earned 12,659 for Marguerite Stocker and 12,319 for her running mate Brian Penschow.
In Keyport, Republican newcomer Lori Davidson is currently on track to win a seat where Republicans have not done well in recent years. It's a close vote where Democrats have been in control. The totals there are Republicans Davidson and Kilic with 1,418 and 1,350 respectively to Democrats Lamberson and McNamara with 1,378 and 1,432 respectively. If the differences hold it will be a split.
Due to state mandated changes to the election process, the mail in ballot count has continued after election day. According to the county, ballots postmarked on election day, but received within 7 days after election day, will be included in the totals. Provisional ballots will be counted by the Board of Elections after the mail in ballot count is completed.
The results are still unofficial. As of Friday, approximately 80% of election night mail-in ballots are processed - this does not include mail in ballots cast on election day. Late mail-in ballots pending, ADA machines pending and provisional ballots pending.