Heather Darling trailed most of the night, but pulled ahead late to win the GOP nomination for Morris County surrogate, edging Assemblyman Michael Carroll.
It was a tough blow for Carroll who gave up his seat to run for surrogate.
But it was a joyous night for Darling who is now a freeholder.
Darling said she’s gratified hard work pays off no matter who you are running against. She also had history in mind, saying that she believes she is the only first-time freeholder to win election to higher office.