Here’s how yesterday’s Democratic primary election went in Sussex County.
Sussex Dems favored Bernie Sanders by 5,283 (56%) votes over Hillary Clinton’s 3,982 (43%). In New Jersey, this result was an exception; Clinton carried the state with a margin of almost two to one. Across the state Clinton received 542,656 (63%) votes compared to Sander’s 315,194 (37%). As a result, Clinton will have 73 elected New Jersey delegates at the National Democratic Convention compared with Sander’s 47.
Sussex Dems also bucked the trend in the 11th Congressional District. In Sussex County, Richard McFarlane carried the election with 1,538 (51%) votes, while Lee Anne Brogowski receiving 978 (32%) and Joseph Wenzel 499 (16%). However, Wenzel carried CD 11 overall with 33,926 votes (71%) over McFarlane’s 8,293 (17%) and Brogowski’s 5,562 (12%). Wenzel will be incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen’s Democratic challenger in the coming election.
In the portion of Sussex County within the 5th Congressional District, Josh Gottheimer ran opposed and received 50,733 votes (99%). The results for Gottheimer were similar through the rest of CD5. Gottheimer will face of against incumbent Scott Garrett in November’s general election.
Michele Van Allen and Michael Riley-Mills ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Sussex County Freeholder. Van Allen received 7,005 votes (61%) and Riley-Mills 4,339 (38%). Both will face Republican candidates George Graham and Sylvia Petillo, winners in the GOP primary contest for Freeholder candidate.
All the numbers cited here are preliminary and may change slightly after all absentee and provisional ballots are counted.