Updated at 3:05 p.m.
WESTFIELD, NJ — While news outlets declared the contest too close to call on Election Day, the race for two seats in the state Assembly’s 21st District shaped out to be a more definitive win for Republicans on Wednesday.
Unofficial results from across the 21st Legislative District — which represents parts of Union, Morris and Somerset Counties — showed Republican Assemblyman Jon Bramnick as the top vote-getter followed closely by his running mate, Nancy Munoz. They ran against Democrats Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman.
“Since I’ve been a legislator, it’s been about being respectful of people, being bipartisan and sticking with your principles,” Bramnick said while at the Italian American Club in Westfield Tuesday night. “So what I’m happy about is that you can be a reasonable person and still win.”
Requests for comment from Mandelblatt’s campaign were not returned by Wednesday afternoon.
The tallies show Bramnick with 28,801 votes, followed by Munoz with 28,092 votes; while Mandelblatt garnered 25,464 votes, and Gunderman netted 24,877 votes. The figures are unofficial results from each of the three counties clerks' offices.
In Union County alone, Bramnick defeated his challenger, Mandelblatt, by 717 votes. And in Westfield, the hometown for both Bramnick and Mandelblatt, 194 more voters picked Bramnick over his challenger.
Across Union County, Bramnick secured 25.32% of the electorate with 18,600 votes to Mandelblatt’s 17,883 votes, according to the Union County Clerk’s Office results, which included figures from 141 out of 145 voting districts Wednesday.
In Westfield, Bramnick secured 3,186 votes to Mandelblatt's 2,992 votes, results from the town clerk’s office show.
In Union County, Munoz secured 18,102 votes to Gunderman’s 17,482 votes, the unofficial results from the County Clerk’s Office show.
In Westfield, Munoz secured 3,039 votes to Gunderman’s 2,992 votes, the local figures show. Voter turnout in Westfield stood at 27%, according to the town clerk’s results.
The figures include mail-in ballots but not provisional ballots, which had yet to be tallied as of this writing.
Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at firstname.lastname@example.org; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh
Editor’s Note: An initial version of this story included only the results from Union County. This story has been updated with the unofficial figures from across the 21st District.
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