Ciattarelli campaign reacts to AP decision: 'Irresponsible' to call vote this early for Murphy

With the candidates separated by a fraction of a percent out of 2.4 million ballots cast, it’s irresponsible of the media to make this call when the New Jersey Secretary of State doesn’t even know how many ballots are left to be counted,” said Ciattarelli Campaign Communications Director Stami Williams on Twitter Wednesday.

ジャック・チャッタレッリ, Republican candidate for governor of New Jersey,Ciattarelli  Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

ジャック・チャッタレッリ, Republican candidate for governor of New Jersey,Ciattarelli Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images (ゲッティ)

The AP called the race for incumbent Democratic 政府. フィルマーフィー Wednesday evening after a surprisingly tight race that saw the candidates linger within a few thousand votes of each other well into Wednesday.

DEMOCRATIC NEW JERSEY GOV. PHIL MURPHY EKES OUT WIN OVER GOP CHALLENGER CIATTARELLI

政府. Phil Murphy speaks at an early vote rally at Weequahic Park, 土曜日, 10月. 23, 2021, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

政府. Phil Murphy speaks at an early vote rally at Weequahic Park, 土曜日, 10月. 23, 2021, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah) (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

GOP candidate Jack Ciattarelli carried a lead in the voting overnight Tuesday of just over 1,000 投票, but saw that lead erased by remaining ballots that broke mostly in Murphy’s favor.

An upset victory for Ciattarelli would have added to an already hugely successful election day for Republicans, who had already seen Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin win in what had become a reliably blue state.

New Jersey has leaned even more solidly in favor of Democrats. Murphy carried the state during his first run in 2017 by over 15 ポイント, while President Biden was able to win the state by nearly 16 points just one year ago.

Polls seemingly gave Ciattarelli’s campaign little shot of the upset as well, with most showing Murphy comfortably ahead as election day approached.

Jack Ciattarelli on Hannity

Jack Ciattarelli on Hannity

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