Challenger Andy Kim is looking to unseat incumbent GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur.

The outcome of the 3rd Congressional District election remained deadlocked Wednesday after two-term incumbent Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-3, failed to win a decisive victory over Democratic challenger Andy Kim.

The district, which stretches between Burlington County in the Philadelphia suburbs and Ocean County along the shore, has largely been held by the GOP for the past three decades.

One Democrat, John Adler, who died in office in 2013, has held the seat during that period.

The latest returns shows Kim taking a slight lead over MacArthur.

Unofficial Burlington County returns posted late Wednesday show Kim with a more than 2,000 vote lead over the two-term incumbent. MacArthur led by a similar margin Tuesday night.

But officials have said they are still planning to count provisional ballots and additional mail-in ballots postmarked by election day that continue to arrive.

The AP has not called the race. It was among the most closely watched in the country.

Democrats have captured at least 10 of 12 House seats in New Jersey, flipping three of them.

Burlington County Board of Election Chairman Joe Dugan says there were about 26,000 mailed-in ballots.

In the GOP-leaning part of the district, Ocean County Board of Election official Jason Varano says roughly 31,000 mail-in ballots are already reflected in results posted online.

Officials say provisional ballots also remain to be counted.

MacArthur has backed Trump more often than any other member of the New Jersey congressional delegation, according to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.

He helped save the president’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, by crafting a compromise for states to opt out of ending preexisting-condition requirements for insurance companies. The provision enabled patients with chronic, ongoing illnesses to not be denied insurance coverage.

But MacArthur, 58, a former health insurance executive, stressed he’s …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News


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