Democratic New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney claims that thousands of ballots were "recently located" and supports his refusal to concede the race to a Republican challenger running a low-budget campaign.
Sweeney sent an email to The Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday stating that "the results from Tuesday's election continue to be in", and that 12,000 ballots were recently found in one state. "I am currently in the lead, but we want to ensure that every vote counts. We believe that our voters deserve it, and will await the final results.
Fox News asked Sweeneys for comment but they did not respond immediately.
NEW JERSEY TRUCK DRIVER EDWARD DURR DEFEATS STATE SENATE PRESIDENT, LONGTIME DEM
Sweeney is a state senator from South Jersey's 3rd District since 2002.
The race for Republican truck driver Edward Durr and political newcomer Edward Durr was called by the Associated Press on Thursday morning. 100% of precincts reported reporting at 32.742 votes for Durr to 30.444 votes for Sweeney.
Sweeney had not given up on Sunday morning. NJ.com reported that Sweeney's Democratic State Senator Nicholas Scutari is in line to succeed him as Senate President.
Durr was a Raymour & Flanigan furniture driver who ran a campaign based upon his blue collar and conservative values. CBS New York reported that Durr ran a low-budget campaign. He shot a campaign video using a smartphone and seldom went to the trail to meet voters.
"It didn't happen because I was there. I'm not a genius. Durr stated last week that he was just a "simple guy" about the expected win. It was a rejection of policies that were forced upon us, people being told they couldn't go to school or can't shop. It is not possible to continue telling people that they cannot do certain things in the most free country on the planet.
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"I want this job. Durr stated that he doesn't want to be famous, but he wants this job. I want to be the voice. I want to be someone who speaks for the people. One, I have a large mouth so I like to be heard.
Last week, he was criticized for spending $153 on his campaigning. He defended the claim that he only showed data from May and June.
"You guys enter the New Jersey Elect and you will find $153 filed. That was in May and June. Durr stated that this shows how far behind New Jersey is in keeping things current.
Last week's New Jersey gubernatorial election saw a surprising tight race between Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli and Phil Murphy, the incumbent Democratic Democratic party. Murphy declared victory, but Ciattarelli refused to concede.
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Ciattarelli stated last week that he didn't want anyone falling for online rumors or conspiracy theories. "While we give consideration to all credible reports, please do not believe everything you read or see online.
Although the race between Murphy & Ciattarelli was close, strategists & politicians claim that no other New Jersey race was quite as surprising as Durr-Sweeney.
According to NJ.com, Democratic state Senator Richard Codey stated that "No one on God's earth could have anticipated that."
"Anyone who claimed they saw it coming is lying. Joshua Henne, a Democratic strategist, said that even Sweneys opponent did not see it coming.