A straight-up comparison of primary election vote totals discounts district-by-district factors that produced those totals, thereby minimizing unbridled celebration or heartbreak without context.
But consider the fact that state Senator Brian P. Stack (D-33) had no (real) primary opposition and still emerged a convincing victor when assessing the totals of all primary-surviving 40 senators (or senate candidates).
There were other factors in other cases (we’re not saying they’re the only factors).
Here are the raw numbers and the ten candidates – from number 1 to number ten – who fulfilled them, according to the New Jersey Secretary of State’s Office:
LD33: Brian P. Stack. 20,952 votes.
LD34: Nia Gill. 16,303.
LD27: Dick Codey. 15,144
LD6: Jim Beach. 14,344.
LD15: Shirley Turner. 13,783.
LD7: Troy Singleton.* 13,434.
LD28: Ronald L. Rice. 12,090
LD31: Sandy Cunningham. 12,089
LD18: Pat Diegnan. 11,461.
LD4: Fred Madden. 11,349.
LD22: Nick Scutari. 11,326.
- Assemblyman Singleton is not a senator yet, but is running for the seat currently occupied by retiring Senator Diane Allen (R-7). We included Senator Scutari’s numbers to show the results of an even ten current senators in order to accurately reflect the headline.