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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Reports Indicate Higher Voter Turnout in New Jersey GOP Districts vs. Democratic Districts

Reports coming in from New Jersey indicate that voter turnout - this morning at least - was significantly higher in many Republican Districts than in Democratic Districts. These are not exit polls from New Jersey, but simply observations of turnout in key districts. That trend would seem to bode well for Republican Candidate Chris Christie against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. The question is, will it continue into the afternoon and evening?

Jim Geraghty reports that sources have told him the following:

Again, this is based strictly on the morning turnout, and there's the afternoon and evening turnout could look completely different.

The two heaviest turnout counties are Hunterdon, which McCain carried by 13.3 percent over Barack Obama, and Morris County, which McCain carried by 8.1 percent.

The phenomenon is not uniform; Union Country's turnout is described as above Ocean's, and Obama carried Union by 27 percent; Ocean County's turnout is described as "good," and McCain carried that county by 18 percent.

Hudson County and Essex County were described as "light." Hudson County is heavily Democratic, with Obama carrying it by 46 percent last year; he carried Essex County with 75 percent of the vote.

Salem County's turnout is described as "unbelievably sleepy"; Obama carried that county by 4 percent. . . . MORE


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