A state both corporate media and establishment Republicans have insisted on writing off as a Democratic lost cause firmly asserted its swing identity this week.
Jack Ciattarelli (R) likely has a prolonged legal battle ahead of him that will not result in his assumption of the governorship of New Jersey, but the lesson he taught his own party is more important than his own political fate: go into the deepest blue urban areas and treat voters with respect. Those voters, tired of Republicans not offering a meaningful choice, will listen.
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Election results continued to become finalized on Thursday, two days after Election Day.
At midday, the Associated Press called the race of New Jersey's state Senate president – and he lost.
Little-known truck driver Ed Durr defeated one of the state's most powerful elected leaders, Steve Sweeney.
AP also called the lingering Virginia attorney general race in favor of Republican Jason Miyares.
Late Wednesday, AP called the New Jersey governor's race for the incumbent, Democrat Phil Murphy, after much of a day in which the race remained too close to call.
Jersey does not have an automatic recount law, but the candidates are
permitted to request one. The party that wants a recount has to file a
suit in State Superior Court in the counties where they want to contest
tallies. That has to be done within 17 days of Election Day.
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