Phil Murphy could be leading Jack Ciattarelli nearly 2 to 1 as early voting begins in New Jersey

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NEWARK, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has taken a commanding lead out of the gates as the 2021 gubernatorial election kicked off with ten days of early voting.

Those votes are going in his favor so far by a margin of 2 to 1. As of Saturday, 237,000 Democrats cast their vote in the election via mail-in ballot. In contrast, just 77,000 Republicans cast their votes and 56,000 unaffiliated voters represented. Even if all of the Republicans and unaffiliated voters cast a vote for Ciattarelli, Murphy would be leading the race 237,000 to 130,000.

As far as early voting goes, Murphy is winning there too. 9,400 Democrats cast their vote in-person versus 6,300 Republicans. 3,500 unaffiliated votes were cast.

This assumes that most Democrats are voting for Phil Murphy and most Republicans and unaffiliated voters cast their ballots for Jack Ciattrelli and at this point is speculation based on the party affiliation of those voters who cast votes to date.

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