SUMMIT, NJ - There was lots of talk -- nationally and even at the state level -- about a 'blue wave' or a 'red wave' washing onto the political shore this election night.

Locally, while most folks you ask claim to vote for the person and not the party, the 'blue wave' has been cresting and churning into Summit's 'beachfront' for several years now, and that tide continued with the reelection and election, respectively of Democrats David Naidu and Greg Vartan to the Summit Council representing Wards 1 and 2, also respectively.

In unofficial elections results, Naidu -- the current Council president -- defeated Republican challenger John Dougherty 2,460 - 1,420 votes, a 63.4% - 36.6% margin. Vartan, who lost in 2016 by just nine votes to current Council Member Steve Bowman, outdistanced Republican Louis DeSocio 2,578 - 1,503, a 63.2% -36.8% margin.

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Turnout was 52.7% of registered Summit voters.

In County and State races:

U.S. Senator

Robert Menendez (D) - 4,293

Bob Hugin (R) - 3,753

House of Representatives

Tom Malinowski (D) - 4,892

Leonard Lance (R) - 3,126

Union County Freeholder

Andrea F. Staten (D) - 4,371

Alexander Mirabella (D) - 4,267

Kimberley Mouded (D) - 4,231

Perter G. Kane (R) - 3,514

Patricia Quattrocchi (R) - 3,441

Joseph R. Sarno III (R) - 3,372