Live Election Results: New Jersey Governor Race


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Democrat Phil Murphy is projected to win the New Jersey governor’s race, according to multiple networks.

Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and U.S. ambassador to Germany, defeated Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), who struggled to gain traction in the race.

Murphy’s victory will also help Democrats maintain control of Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-N.J.) seat if he’s convicted in his trial. If Menendez resigns from office, New Jersey’s governor will be tasked with appointing his replacement.

Murphy had long been the favorite in the race, thanks to a Democratic electorate and New Jersey backing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.

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New Jersey is electing a new governor to replace the unpopular term-limited Gov. Chris Christie, and Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno are making their final pushes to close out the campaign in one of the nation’s two gubernatorial contests being decided today.

The polls close at 8 p.m. and results are expected to become available about an hour after that. Murphy has been seen as the frontrunner heading into Election Day, but when rain hit most of the state during the chilly afternoon, it might have been a bit of good news for Guadagno, said Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray.

“The weather does have an impact in holding turnout down,’’ Murray said.

A 2007 study concluded that lousy weather decreased voter turnout and benefited Republicans. For every inch of rain, voter turnout declined by just under 1 percent, researchers said.

New Jersey polls close at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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