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Obama Makes History

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) will become the first African-American President in United States history.

Obama won the popular vote by more than seven million over Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona). Obama won 349 electoral votes to McCain’s 147.

Obama carried New Jersey, winning 2,062,583 votes to McCain’s 1,534,718.

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Lautenberg Wins Record Fifth Term

STATE — Sen. Frank Lautenberg won a record fifth term in the U.S. Senate Tuesday.

The 84-year-old Democrat defeated Republican challenger Dick Zimmer, earning 55% percent of the vote to Zimmer’s 43%.

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STATE – New Jersey Democrats gained a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, but Republican state Sen. Leonard Lance defeated Democrat Linda Stender to hold on to Rep. Mike Ferguson’s seat for the G.O.P.

State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) beat Medford Mayor Chris Meyers for the seat currently held by retiring Republican Rep. James Saxton, who was first elected to Congress in 1984.

Lance defeated Stender by more than 25,000 votes, giving him a larger margin of victory than Ferguson managed over Stender in 2006. Ferguson announced last year that he would retire at the end of his current term.

Incumbents won in all of the other N.J. House races on the ballot. 

Democrats will hold eight of New Jersey’s 13 seats in the House after inauguration day.

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Quijano wins special election

STATE — Democratic Assemblywoman Annette Quijano won a special election for the remainder of former Assemblyman Neil Cohen’s unexpired term representing District 20 in the New Jersey state legislature.

She defeated Republican challenger Linda Gaglione 33,677 votes to 13,635.

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UNION COUNTY — Democratic Freeholders Angel Estrada, Rick Proctor and Nancy Ward defeated their Republican challengers, Michael Yakubov, John Russitano, and Joseph Franchino.

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CLARK — Republican Mayor Sal Bonaccorso defeated Democratic challenger Gary Slowdowski 4,311 votes to 2,907 to win a third term as Clark’s chief executive.

Republican council memebers Alvin Barr, Sheila Whiting and Angel Albanese also won re-election, defeating Democratic challengers Nancy Sheridan, Diane Lanigan and Nancy Shanahan.

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ELIZABETH — Mayor Chris Bollwage defeated his Republican challenger Albert P. Martin 17,675 votes to 4,473.

City Council members Edward Jackus, Patricia Perkins-Auguste and Frank Cuesta were unopposed in their re-election bids. The Democrats each received more than 16,000 votes.

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