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UPDATE: Przybylski Maintains Lead as More Ballots are Counted

With only 54 percent of voters at the polls today, final decision may rest with early voters.

Ballots counted and added to the totals from Tuesday's voting added 304 votes to the close contest for Warren's seat on the Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education. Gregory Przybylski, who had a 144-vote lead over Diane Belcuore after Tuesday's voting, maintains his lead in the voting although the margin has slipped to 124 votes.

The results have not been certified, and additional ballots may be added to the totals before Friday.

ORIGINAL POST:

After the polls closed today, Gregory Przybylski held a 144 vote advantage over Diane Belcuore in the race for a seat on the Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education.

But with 54.73 percent turnout at the polls in a presidential election year when 90 percent or more of Warren's registered voters typical participate, the final tally won't be known until the Somerset County Clerk's office provides the numbers for ballots cast in early voting over the weekend, as well as mail-in and absentee ballots. 

Both candidates expressed their appreciation for the voters who supported them today.

Dr. Przybylski is completing a term on the Warren Township Board of Education, where he is serving as board president for a second year. Belcuore, a local realtor, is making her first bid for public office. 

The other local races were clearer, since Township Committeemen Garry DiNardo and Vic Sordillo ran unopposed, and Warren Township Board of Education candidates Desiree DeNourie, Kathy Helewa and Greg Steier ran for three seats on the board.

The day did mark the historic occasion of the first November voting for school board members, but the number of voters casting votes in the school board races was substantially less than those voting for the political offices. 

Totals for local election below were updated Nov. 7; county, state and national race totals are those reported on Nov. 6.  

Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education

Candidate Votes Diane Belcuore 1,796 Gregory Przybylski 1,920

Township Committee

Candidate Votes Gary DiNardo* (R) 4,678 Victor Sordillo*(R) 4,544

Warren Township Board of Education

Candidate Votes Desiree DeNourie 2,124 Kathy Helewa* 2,267 Greg Steier 1,605

Other races

President Barack Obama* (D) 2,147 Mitt Romney (R) 3,940 James Harris 3 Gary Johnson (L) 37 Ross Anderson 3 Jill Stein  11 Senator Robert Menendez* (D) 2,116 Joe Kyrillos (R) 3,585 Robert Turnavage 15 David Dranikoff 9 Gregory Pason 8 Kenneth Kaplan 43 Eugene Lavergne 1 Inder Soni 4 Grew Diakow 6 Ken Wolski 19 Daryl Brooks 1 House of Representatives Upendra Chivukula (D) 1,792 Leonard Lance* (R) 3,768 Dennis Breen 76 Patrick McKnight 58 County Clerk Joan Pritchard (D) 1,920 Brett Radi (R) 3,581 Board of Chosen Freeholders Anthony Pranzatelli (D) 1,829 William Galtieri (D) 1,763 Patrick Scaglione * (R) 3,672 Mark Caliguire* (R) 3,526

* denotes incumbents

Total votes cast: 6,177

Percent of total registered (11,286): 54.73 percent

Bob November 08, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Also... all the electronic votes have until tomorrow to be included so this could go on for a few more days depending on the volume of these votes.
John November 09, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I was at Board of Elections today. Final results may not certified until Tuesday the earliest. Diane Belcuore has significant mail in ballots that have not been counted yet.

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