NJ Senate president not conceding election to GOP truck driver, says 12,000 ballots were found

The GOP candidate, Edward Durr, had been projected the winner by the AP with a 2,298-vote lead.

Updated: November 7, 2021 - 7:11pm

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney said he won't concede the election to GOP truck driver Edward Durr after 12,000 ballots were "recently found" in a county.

"The results from Tuesday's election continue to come in, for instance there were 12,000 ballots recently found in one county," Sweeney told Politico and the Philadelphia Inquirer late last week. "While I am currently trailing in the race, we want to make sure every vote is counted. Our voters deserve that, and we will wait for the final results."

The election had been called for Durr, who had only spent $2,300 on his campaign, by the Associated Press, which reported that Durr won by four percent, or 2,298 votes. Sweeney has held his seat since 2004 and has been Senate president since 2010.

The New Jersey GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli has also not conceded his election, as not all votes have been counted yet and he trails by less than a percentage point.

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