The New York Times unaccepted The Associated Press’ call in a New Jersey congressional race Thursday in which the incumbent Democrat has seen his lead steadily decline over the course of the past week.
The race between incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski and Republican Thomas Kean Jr. for New Jersey’s 7th congressional district has tightened by more than 20,000 votes since Nov. 3, according to New Jersey Globe editor David Wildstein. While The New York Times automatically accepts most of the election projections made by The Associated Press, it sometimes differs if it disagrees, a spokesperson said.
“For most House races, we automatically accept the race calls made by The Associated Press,” Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email. “However, we sometimes take a more cautious approach, particularly given the complexity of the voting in this pandemic year.”
“We believe the A.P.’s call in this race may have been premature, so we have unaccepted it for now and will continue to monitor results,” she continued.
The Morris County Clerk added one extra vote to Tom Malinowski and Tom Kean Jr. today, different from what the Board of Elections