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Watchung Turnout at 55 Percent in Tuesday's Voting

Unofficial totals include some of the votes cast at county clerk's office, mail-in ballots.

The current tallies on Watchung voting from Tuesday's general election are below. The tallies have been updated in the local races to include ballots cast trough the county clerk's office under provisions made for voting by email, fax or at the county offices because of Hurricane Sandy.

It's important to note the results will not be officials until after the Friday deadline for mail-in ballots.

The voting total reflect just 55 percent of Watchung registered voters, an abnormally low turnout for a presidential election. Somerset County Clerk Brett Radi said he believes the difficulties caused by Hurricane Sandy for many families and the ongoing power outage may have suppressed the turnout this year.

Ballots outstanding could affect the outcome of the race for one of the three, three-year seats on the Watchung Borough Board of Education, where Tiffany Brigante currently holds a 16-vote edge over Rhea Williams. John Malchow and James Rhyner received enough votes to be re-elected.

Georgia Glasser-Nehls ran for the balance of an unexpired term unopposed, and Barry Hunsinger ran unopposed for the borough's seat on the Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education. 

Borough voters also weighed in on the non-binding referendum on the proposed library expansion and community center project, which failed to gain voter support. Voters opposing the plan cast 1,110 votes against it, vs. 984 "yes" votes.

Borough Council

Thomas Franklin* (R) 1,680 Deb Joren* (R) 1,674

Watchung Borough Board of Education (3-year terms)

John Malchow* 1,146 Rhea Williams* 539 Tiffany Brigante* 555 James Rhyner* 1,086

Other races

     Votes President   Barack Obama* (D) 975 Mitt Romney (R) 1,432 James Harris 2 Gary Johnson (L) 13 Ross Anderson 7 Jill Stein 3     Senator   Robert Menendez* (D) 917 Joe Kyrillos (R) 1,346 Robert Turksavage 2 David Dranikoff 7 Gregory Pason 3 Kenneth Kaplan 11 Gwen Diakos 1 Ken Wolski 6     House of Representatives 7th Dist.   Upendra Chivukula (D) 821 Leonard Lance* (R) 1,402 Dennis Breen 17 Patrick McKnight 13     County Clerk   Joan Pritchard (D) 837 Brett Radi* (R) 1,326     Board of Chosen Freeholders   Anthony Pranzatelli (D) 802 William Galtieri (D) 778 Patrick Scaglione* (R) 1,344 Mark Caliguire* (D) 1,287

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