Election 2017: Results for Pa. and N.J. races

Joseph A. Gambardello, Staff Writer

Updated: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:40 PM

Voters are heading to the polls in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for an off-year election.

Polls are now closed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Voters braved a chilly rain on Tuesday to cast ballots in an off-year election that featured a mix of state and local races, high and low.

From left to right, writer Buzz Bissinger, former TV news anchor Marc Howard, and political consultant Neil Oxman gather at Famous 4th Street Deli for the traditional Election Day lunch on Nov. 7, 2017. JESSICA GRIFFIN / Staff Photographer
A pedestrian passes by a quiet voting location on the 1100 block of Moore Street in Philadelphia on Tuesday. JESSICA GRIFFIN / Staff Photographer
Gov. Christie after voting on Election Day in Mendham, N.J. ED MURRAY / AP
Diana Purnell (left) and Mindy Isser talking about the need to vote on Election Day. They are standing outside the polling place at 1605 S.19th Street in Philadelphia. RAYMOND W HOLMAN JR / For the Philadelphia Inquirer
Republican nominee for Philadelphia district attorney Beth Grossman smiles as she listens to her mother being interviewed in Philadelphia on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
District Attorney candidate Larry Krasner speaking with Pennsylvania State Sen. Anthony H. Williams at Relish restaurant on Election Day. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photogra
City Controller candidate Rebecca Rhynhart (center) speaks with Pennsylvania State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald and Gov. Wolf at Relish restaurant on Tuesday. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
It's been a quiet Election Day in Chester's 6th ward 1st precinct in City Hall where 16 people had voted by 1:09 p.m. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Becky Bond and Zack Malitz canvassing in support of District Attorney candidate Larry Krasner on the 1600 block of S. 19th Street in Philadelphia on Nov. 7, 2017. RAYMOND W HOLMAN JR / For the Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. District 4, speaks with Judge Maria McLaughlin at Famous 4th Street Deli. JESSICA GRIFFIN / Staff Photogra
Members of Local 98 hold signs of Philadelphia politicians outside Famous 4th Street Deli, where people gather for a traditional Election Dy lunch in Philadelphia. JESSICA GRIFFIN / Staff Photographer
Photo Gallery: Election Day: Philadelphia, South Jersey and Chester County

Key results New Jersey governor: N.J. Democrat Phil Murphy elected to succeed Chris Christie as governor (county-by-county results) Philadelphia district attorney: Larry Krasner wins race for Philly DA Philadelphia city controller: Rebecca Rhynhart, government insider and political outsider, wins city controller race Atlantic City mayor: Atlantic City voters turn to new mayor after years of crises, choosing Frank Gilliam Jr., a Democratic city councilman Pennsylvania property tax ballot question: It passed. Here’s what that means. Where to find more results: We’ll have live coverage here on as key races are called throughout the evening, and analysis tonight and tomorrow morning about what it all means. We have live county-by-county results for the New Jersey gubernatorial race. Results of other New Jersey races are available at the county level (results pages for Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties). Here are Pennsylvania statewide results (state judgeships and ballot question). And here are Philadelphia city results (district attorney, controller and city ballot question). What was on the ballot

Turnout was expected to be higher in New Jersey than in Pennsylvania because voters in the Garden State were electing a new governor to replace Chris Christie and casting ballots for all 120 seats in the Assembly and state Senate.

In Pennsylvania, the main statewide races were to elect judges to the Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court and in Philadelphia the marquee contests were for District Attorney and City Controller.

Residents were also called on to elect local government and board of education officials in suburban municipalities in both states. Our voter guide has a full rundown of the races.

Scenes from the polls

Turnout was steady but quiet late afternoon at United Calvary Methodist Church at the corner of 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia.

Patricia Albright, 50, said she voted for Larry Krasner for district attorney, who she also casted a ballot for during the spring primaries.

Albright said Trump’s presidency “absolutely” influenced her decision to support the progressive candidate and that being able to fulfill her civic duty for yet another year was also very important to her.

At Holy Eucharist Catholic Church, a Cherry Hill polling place, turnout was brisk in the morning.

Jim Doyle, 76, did not hesitate when he cast his ballot for the successor to Christie. Doyle pushed the button for Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

“I’m just turned off by Murphy,” said Doyle. “He’s a Wall Street guy.”

Doyle said he was largely pleased by the direction of President Trump’s administration so far, and that he wanted to keep the momentum going.

“I think he’s done a lot,” said Doyle, who is retired. “He’s Just having a lot of difficulty with the swamp. The opposition is not giving up – they don’t like him because he’s not an insider.”

Machines not working

Things got off to a rocky start at one polling place in Philadelphia. Voters arriving to cast ballots at Ward 59, Division 17 at the Mastery Pickett Charter School in Germantown could not cast ballots because the machines were not working. Repairmen were called and they were up and working later in the morning.

A candidate’s incomplete name

Another problem emerged during the day when it emerged that Republican Commonwealth Court candidate Christine Fizzano Cannon’s full name did not appear on some ballots in Philadelphia and instead was listed only as “Christine Fizzano.”

What politicians were up to

Christie, who could not seek a third term, voted in Mendham and said he did not think the outcome of the race for his job between Guadagno and Democrat Phil Murphy was a referendum on his performance over the last eight years, though Murphy has sought to frame it as such,

Christie said he voted for @KimGuadagnoNJ, and that he doesn't think 2017 is a referendum on his tenure

— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) November 7, 2017

While voters went to the polls, politicians held their regular election day gatherings at their favorite luncheon spots.

Relish per usual is packed on Election Day. Gov Wolf is here lunching with former Councilwoman Marian Tasco & others

— Claudia Vargas (@InqCVargas) November 7, 2017

At the Famous Fourth Street Deli, another politico gathering spot, some electrician union members appeared caught in a time warp, hold giant photos of Mayor Kenney, who was on the ballot two years ago and is not up for reelection until 2019.

Electricians from local 98, Joseph Fareri, left, and Alfio Sorbello, right, hold up photos of Mayor James Kenney, in front of Famous 4th Street Deli, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Around the region, officials are on stand-by to handle problems at polling places.

@Philly_DAsOfc Election Fraud Task Force is fully staffed. If you have difficulty casting your ballot call: 215-686-9641, 9643, 9644. #EFTF

— Philadelphia DAO (@Philly_DAsOfc) November 7, 2017

Polls close at 8 p.m. in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and rain has started falling in Philadelphia.

What you need to know about the races and ballot questions in both states can be found here.

The Committee of Seventy, an independent watchdog group, in the meantime asked voters to rate their experience at the polls.

How was it at the polls this morning? Take three minutes to share your voting experience here:

— Committee of Seventy (@Committeeof70) November 7, 2017

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf started the morning with a get out and vote appeal.

Happy #ElectionDay, PA — polls are now open statewide until 8pm. Our democracy only works when we all participate.

— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 7, 2017

Staff writers Kristen A. Graham and Patricia Madej contributed to this story.

Joseph A. Gambardello, Staff Writer

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