West Deptford GOP Not Conceding Committee Race Just Yet

Township GOP chairman Denny Forte said the party is "weighing all available options" after a race that was decided by just 99 votes.

As far as the local Republican Party is concerned, the township committee race isn't over. 

While not formally calling for a recount, party officials hinted they're considering the possibility. 

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, township GOP chairman Denny Forte said: "The election is still too close call and due to the provisional ballots which are yet to be counted, the WDGOP and its candidate Jeff Hansen are refraining from making any statement until every vote is counted. We are weighing all available options."

Democratic township Committeewoman Denice DiCarlo defeated Hansen by just 99 votes on Tuesday, according to unofficial election results. 

Gloucester County spokeswoman Debra Sellitto said late Tuesday that all absentee ballots were counted, except a handful that came in late in the afternoon. Provisional ballots were not counted Tuesday, she said. In addition, in the wake of the powerful nor'easter Sandy, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno issued a directive Tuesday afternoon instructing county clerks to accept applications for mail-in ballots by fax or email through 5 p.m. Tuesday. Clerks will process those applications throughout the week, and ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. Friday. 

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You Lost November 08, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Give it up Forte. Hansen is finished, back to Krawitz.
Wayne Klotz November 08, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Give it a break Jeff; you lost because the people spoke!!
Occupant November 08, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Better anybody rather than the former "Thieves"
Wayne Klotz November 08, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Occupant; still crying over Tuesday's victory by Denice? I have plenty of tissues here!!
JD Ackley November 09, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I don't think it is fair to make a decision until all of the votes are counted. The provisional votes count as much as any other, and a vote this close everything has to be considered. The people did speak, and I think the resounding message that was spoken is the township is deeply divided. I do not think a clear message came out of the voting that a vast majority would like to see one candidate or the other, to the contrary the incumbent (unofficially)won by a razor thin margin.


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