Powerful New Jersey Democrat Not Conceding Defeat to Trucker After ‘12,000 Ballots Found’
Gloucester County, NJ — A powerful New Jersey state legislator is not quite ready to give up the fight against a trucker who has apparently unseated him.
New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) trails longtime truck driver and political newcomer Edward Durr by more than 2,000 votes in the race to win the state’s Third District Senate seat.
The Associated Press has now called the race for Durr, sending shockwaves through the state’s political establishment.
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Despite Sweeney’s prospects for victory appearing bleak, he’s still holding out hope.
On Thursday, he spoke to the media for the first time since the stunning turn of events.
“The results from Tuesday’s election continue to come in — for instance there were 12,000 ballots recently found in one county,” Sweeney said. “While I am currently trailing in the race, we want to make sure every vote is counted.”
Durr’s improbable win was built on promises to fight for lower property taxes and against COVID lockdowns and mandates.
According to local outlet Fox 29, Sweeney did acknowledge outrage over COVID-related restrictions and requirements played a role in his apparent ouster, but cast most of the blame on President Biden and the dysfunction among Congressional Democrats.
“Listen, it had nothing to do with me,” Sweeney explained. “It was a tide. It’s frustrating to watch what is happening in Washington D.C.”
Sweeney, who is known as a formidable political powerbroker, said he “can’t” yet concede the race because an unknown number of mail-in ballots have yet to be counted.
In fact, local outlet NBC 10 is reporting that there are “thousands” of ballots still to be counted.
It remains unclear when the final votes will be tallied.
“I just want the people who voted to have their votes counted and then we’ll look and see whether there’s a need for a recount or if we just accept the results of the election,” Sweeney told Fox 29.
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If a court challenge to the results does ensue, it will certainly put financial pressure on Durr who raised less than $10,000 and has so far spent less than $5,000 on his campaign.
No matter the outcome, Sweeney indicated he is mulling a future run for governor of the Garden State.
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