The day after challenger Andy Kim declared victory towards GOP incumbent Rep. Tom MacArthur, the result of the threerd district congressional race remained unsure as mail-in and provisional ballots are nonetheless being counted.

Unofficial Burlington County returns posted late Wednesday confirmed Kim had come from behind to say a lead of greater than 2,000 votes when about 6,000 absentee mail ballots had been tallied. The rely continued Thursday as ballots continued to be delivered by mail however solely these publish marked with Tuesday’s date might be tallied.

MacArthur mentioned Wednesday evening by way of Twitter that he was not able to concede the race. Burlington County Board of Elections Chairman Joe Dugan didn’t return requires remark Thursday. On Wednesday he mentioned there have been mentioned there have been about 26,000 mailed-in ballots.

Challenger Andy Kim, proper, has overtaken incumbent Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-3, as absentee and provisional ballots continued to be counted Thursday. (AP Photograph/Julio Cortez)  

The district, which stretches between Burlington County within the Philadelphia suburbs and Ocean County alongside the shore, has largely been held by the GOP for the previous three many years.

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Ocean County Board of Election official Jason Varano mentioned 200 further ballots arrived by mail as of late Thursday afternoon however solely 63 had been eligible to be counted. Ocean County contains elements of the 2nd, third and 4th congressional districts. 

Varano mentioned they anticipated at the very least another supply within the night. He mentioned the rely of the remaining ballots will start Friday afternoon.

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Varano mentioned 2,404 provisional ballots from throughout the county will start to be counted on Nov. 14. These objects have to be checked to insure they’re from registered voters and aren’t duplicated in mail-in ballots. He mentioned roughly 31,000 mail-in ballots are already mirrored in outcomes.

Requires feedback to MacArthur and Kim weren’t instantly returned Thursday.

MacArthur backed Trump extra typically than another member of the New Jersey congressional delegation, in accordance with Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight. 

He helped save the president’s try to repeal the Reasonably priced Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare, by crafting a compromise for states to choose out of ending preexisting-condition necessities for insurance coverage corporations. The availability enabled sufferers with power, ongoing diseases to not be denied insurance coverage protection.

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However MacArthur, 58, a former medical health insurance government, careworn he is somebody who has labored for bipartisan options in Congress and labeled Kim’s marketing campaign as a protest vote for Trump. 

Kim, 36, who had by no means run for elected workplace earlier than, was a civilian advisor to navy leaders in Afghanistan and Iraq and nationwide safety aide in Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration.

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

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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