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In the race for President of the United States, influential New Jersey political insiders say Republicans may benefit from a projected down voter turnout after Tropical Storm Sandy left much of the state without power through Tuesday.
According to surveys issued to political officials and influencers Monday, respondents from both sides of the aisle believe the storm will have an impact on how many voters head to the polls to vote in the general election.
In 2008, the majority of Parsippany voters chose a Democratic candidate for president, according to the New Jersey Department of State. In the township, 12,219 voters chose Barack Obama and 11,091 voters chose John McCain. New Jersey, overall, has favored a Democratic candidate in the past five presidential elections.
According to Monday's survey, voters from both parties agreed that Republicans would benefit from fewer voters visiting polls Tuesday.
Polls will open at 6 a.m. during the election and remain open until 8 p.m. For a full list of polling locations, click here.
Here's a list of candidates (click on the names to read profiles) you will be able to vote for at the polls and the races they are in:
- Parsippany Township Council: Vying for a one-year unexpired term seat, Democrat Jonathan Nelson, the anti-rubber-stamp challenger, faces the mayor's choice, Republican Judy Tiedemann, who wants to maintain her party's grip on every elected office in town.
- Parsippany Board of Election: This hotly contested race for three regular-term seats pits incumbents Dr. Frank Anthony Calabria and Frank Neglia with challenger Alison C. Cogan against self-described change agents James Carifi and Anthony DeIntinis.
- Morris County Freeholders: Three regular-term seats are up for election, with Democrats Wasim Kahn (Parsippany), Toshiba Foster and Joy Singh (Parsippany) taking on GOP candidates John Cesaro (Parsippany), John Krickus and David Scapicchio. Republican Hank Lyon will face Democrat Truscha Quatrone for an unexpired term.
- 26th District New Jersey Assembly: Republican Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce, who is currently filling the unexpired term husband of her late husband Alex DeCroce, who died in January, will face Democrat Joseph Raich, of Parsippany, to fill the second year of the term.
- 11th Congressional District: Longtime Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, who faced no opposition in the GOP primary, will take on Democratic challenger John Arvanites, who also had no opponents in the primary.
- U.S. Senate: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), the junior United States Senator from New Jersey who was first appointed in 2006 to fill Jon Corzine's seat, takes on Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos, who easily defeated three opponents in the primary.
- U.S. President: President Barack Obama will face former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Stay with Patch all day as we update this article with news and information from the polls and live election results after 9 p.m.
LIVE 2012 ELECTION RESULTSRace Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results U.S. President
Obama-Biden10,468 Romney-Ryan 9,218 U.S. Senate
Bob Menendez9,610 Joe Kyrillos 8,206 U.S. Congress District 11
John Arvanites7,672 Rodney Frelinghuysen 9,724 NJ Assembly Joseph Raich 7,810 BettyLou DeCroce 8,849 Morris County Freeholder Truscha Quatrone 7,655 Hank Lyon 8.151 Wasim Kahn 7,307 John Cesaro 8,794 Toshiba Foster 7,486 John Krickus 8,335 Joy Singh 7,621 David Scapicchio 8,206 Parsippany Town Council Jonathan Nelson 8,406 Judy Tiedemann 8,009
Board of Education RacesRace Incumbent Results Challenger Results Parsippany Board of Education Frank Calabria 6,711 James Carifi 7,589 Frank Neglia 4,431 Anthony DeIntinis 4,352 N/A Alison Cogan 5,101 Joanne Mancuso 6,127
Public QuestionsQuestion "Yes" Votes "No" Votes NJ #1: Do you approve the “Building Our Future Bond Act”? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $750 million to provide matching grants to New Jersey’s colleges and universities. Money from the grants will be used to build, equip and expand higher education facilities for the purpose of increasing academic capacity. 8,462 4,990 NJ #2: Do you approve an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution, as agreed to by the Legislature, to allow contributions set by law to be taken from the salaries of Supreme Court Justices and Superior Court Judges for their employee benefits? 11,128 2,177