A virtually unknown Republican truck driver, Edward Durr, who ran for the state Senate in New Jersey’s 3rd district is on the verge of beating the incumbent state Senate President Steve Sweeney and he only spent a reported $153 on his campaign.
Durr was leading Sweeney by some 2,000 votes or so as of this morning:
NJ GLOBE – Senate President Steve Sweeney, the longest-serving legislative leader in New Jersey history, is on the verge of losing his own State Senate seat in what could be a stunning political upset.
Edward Durr, a conservative truck driver who reported spending just $153 on his campaign, leads Sweeney by 2,009 votes in the South Jersey-based 3rd legislative district.
Sweeney’s defeat would cause a total realignment of politics in New Jersey, and most immediately creates a wide-open race for Senate President.
Democrats lost bids to flip two GOP Senate seats and appear to have lost two or three more, something that could reduce their majority from 25-15 to 22-18.
Republicans won two other hugely competitive Senate races in South Jersey.
The hits for Democrats just keep coming. With 98% of the vote in, here’s the latest results from DDHQ:
Watch Durr’s campaign ad:
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 3, 2021
And here’s an interview with him from this morning, where he talks about going door to door to announce his candidacy:
In his first interview after what may turn out to be the biggest upset ever in South Jersey political history, @GOP NJ State Senate candidate Ed Burr says he was told he beat @NJSenatePres Steve Sweeney at 2am then woke up to “well maybe not” @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/6U8UUmIhQB
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) November 3, 2021
Durr hasn’t been ruled the victor yet, but hopefully that will come soon enough.
UPDATE: I just checked again after posting this and Durr’s lead just increased from 2,009 votes to 2,110 votes with 99% in: