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Sal Bonaccorso

Sal Bonaccorso

UNION COUNTY – In most parts of Union County, local Democrats were able to take advantage of President-elect Barack Obama’s momentum to win easy victories.

Rahway Democrats swept all six city council seats on the ballot Tuesday, giving the party total control over the nine-member legislative body.

Michael Cox defeated Kenneth Lund for the Second Ward seat now held by Francis Janusz, the council’s lone Republican. Janusz opted not to run for re-election and allegedly moved out of state in 2006.

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David Crabiel

David Crabiel

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Democrats carried the night on Election Day in Middlesex County.

Freeholder Director David B Crabiel of Milltown led his party’s ticket to victory in the freeholder races. The Democrats easily defeated their GOP challengers. Millie Scott, a former Piscataway councilwoman, won the seat the Freeholder Camille Fernicola is leaving at the end of the year.

Former Carteret Council President Ronald Rios defeated his Republican opponent for the final year of former Freeholder John Pulomena’s term. Pulomena stepped down earlier this year to become county administrator.

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Frank Lautenberg

Frank Lautenberg

STATE – U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg easily won re-election for a record fifth term last week. The Democrat won 55 percent of the vote to Republican Dick Zimmer’s 43 percent.

“Tonight is not simply a victory for me, it’s a victory for America and the people of New Jersey,” Lautenberg told a cheering crowd at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick on Election Night.

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Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance

STATE—New Jersey Democrats gained a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Election Day, but Republican state Sen. Leonard Lance defeated Democrat Linda Stender to hold on to the seat being vacated by Rep. Mike Ferguson for the G.O.P.

Lance defeated Stender by more than 25,000 votes, giving him a larger margin of victory than Ferguson managed over Stender in 2006.

Stender had more than a $1 million fundraising advantage, but she only won the majority of votes in one of the four counties in the Seventh Congressional District – Middlesex. Lance carried the other three: Hunterdon, Somerset and Union – Stender’s home county.

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Annette Quijano

Annette Quijano

UNION COUNTY –Annette Quijano easily won a special election to fill the remainder of the term of former Assemblyman Neil Cohen, a Democrat who resigned in July.

Quijano, an Elizabeth Democrat, defeated Republican Linda Gaglione, who is president of the Union Township Board of Education, by more than 20,000 votes.

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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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