FiveThirtyEight
Geoffrey Skelley

A race that had seemed resolved appears to be back in play. Major media outlets had projected New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District to remain in Democratic hands, but at least 38,000 votes still have to be counted in the district as New Jersey voted by mail this year. And because the final votes being counted in New Jersey have been trending Republican, Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski’s lead over Republican Tom Kean Jr. has been shrinking. According to ABC News figures, Malinowski only leads by around 6,500 votes. So this could prove to be a late, happy surprise for House Republicans, who already have a lot to be happy about despite Democrats holding onto their majority.


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