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Sean Connors and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos win primary, off the line Honest Democrats in tight race

DEM – General Assembly 33rd District

144/152 94.74%

                                           Vote Count           Percent

Ruben J. RAMOS, Jr.               13,564                45.51%
Sean CONNORS                      13,438                45.09%
Ravi S. BHALLA                       2,781                  9.33%

Personal Choice                            19                   0.06%

Total                                       29,802                 100.00%

Running with no slate and against two County Machines, Ravi Bhalla has made a strong first run for statewide office.

The strong showing may also save control of the local Hoboken Democratic Committee. Running off the line as well against the HCDO and the Beth Russo checkbook, the Hoboken committee races in town are close with the reorganization meeting likely to determine the outcome.

Councilman Ravi Bhalla has vowed to work to make sure Democrats for Honest Government hold the local Democratic Committee.

In a stunning result, 2nd ward resident Donna Antonucci running without a district counterpart has crushed Beth Mason diehard Ines Garcia Keim, the sitting chair of the Real Democrats led by the Michele/Mike Russo and Beth Mason cabal. The final vote was more than a 2-1 difference in favor of Antonucci.

Vijay Chaudhuri in the first ward, 1-7 has won his district in the same ward as Councilwoman Castellano. He was targeted by the Russo clan yet produced a victory just the same in his first time run.

Talking Ed Note:  12:30 AM – The Democratic Committee unofficially stands at 38-34 with the Michele Russo led HCDO ticket a nose ahead.  The final certification with the reorganization meeting will determine the numbers in this close election.

Honest Democrats for Hoboken have done an amazing job with Councilman Ravi Bhalla and Mayor Dawn Zimmer fighting off the line and staving off a monumental challenge.  The HCDO had ditched the real Democrats with a Michele Russo led ticket pushing the incumbents into a new slate.  The results will be final after the reorganization meeting.

Without Councilman Ravi Bhalla’s late Assembly challenge with a less than four week election race, the local Democratic Committee would not be in the face off it now sits.

More to come.  MSV has video of Councilman Ravi Bhalla, Mayor Zimmer, and Phil Cohen.

Reform can be proud.  There will be no more nonsense complaints about ties to the HCDO.  The HCDO backed Republicans on the Democratic ticket for Michele Russo and Beth Mason.  Yet an independent slate led by Ravi Bhalla and Mayor Zimmer is right in the race.

How do you like them apples?

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