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Runner-up concedes in tight GOP Senate primary

Local News | Jun 05, 2014

Runner-up concedes in tight GOP Senate primary

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — The runner-up in a tight four-way New Jersey Republican U.S. Senate primary has conceded.

Richard Pezzullo had said Tuesday night he did not intend to concede until mail-in, provisional and military ballots could be counted.

Former Washington policy analyst Jeff Bell collected about 4,000 more votes than Pezzullo to win the GOP nod.

He will face Sen. Cory Booker in the fall.

Pezzullo appeared with Bell at a news conference in Freehold on Wednesday and endorsed his former opponent.

Bell is considered a longshot against the Democrat Booker. New Jersey has not elected a Republican U.S. senator since 1972.