Andy Kim declares victory over MacArthur in NJ congressional race

Mike Dougherty
November 07, 2018 - 9:20 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Election Day wasn't enough to count all the votes in a very tight race to decide New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District.

One day later the democrat challenger, Andy Kim, is claiming victory while his opponent incumbent Tom MacArthur refuses concede.

A large crowd of staff, supporters and volunteers surrounded Andy Kim at his campaign headquarters in Mount Laurel Wednesday night as he declared victory and said it's time to get to work.

"I promise you I will serve with honor and integrity, always focused on this community, doing what we can to make sure that we restore civility to our politics. That we can have leaders in Washington that can rise up to the challenges we face right now, working together," he told his supporters.

"From the very beginning, was always about the people. I will be part of that new generation of leaders that are going to step up and focus on what's best for the American people, what we can do for all of us. That's what we need right now."

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Kim was holding a slim advantage of less than 3,000 votes. His opponent, incumbent Republican Tom MacArthur, isn't ready to call it quits yet.

In a written statement, MacArthur says this has been a hard fought battle and he's ready to see it come to an end, but there are 7,000 still out there and he wants every vote counted in a transparent way that protects the integrity of the election.