ATLANTIC CITY-After losing much of the North Jersey Republican establishment votes earlier this year, Atlantic County Republican Hirsh Singh has turned the tables on former Obama-Era Democrat Rikin Mehta.
Mehta, who garnered high-level establishment voting support early on has failed to win in Republican leaning strongholds in the southern part of the state. Singh now has won Ocean County, Atlantic County, Cape May County and Cumberland County’s line to run on November’s ballot with President Donald J. Trump.
While the establishment GOP calls Singh’s victories in the south upsets, the reality is, Singh is winning Republican dominated counties and Mehta is winning New Jersey’s more liberal Democrat controlled urban areas.
History has shown that counties like Ocean County, where Singh dominated Mehta in party voting can carry a win, as was the case for former Governor Chris Christie who credited his back to back election wins with the overwhelming support of Ocean County.
Things have changed since Christie’s time. Republicans have lost major races, including the 2017 governor’s race and the 2018 senate race between Bob Hugin and Bob Menendez.
In Ocean County, Singh bucked the party line despite Mehta receiving full support of the full cast and characters at the top of the party, including RNC Chairwoman Virginia Haines, 77, of Toms River.
Singh now goes into the June primary election with past history as his confidence. While the line is very important in a presidential election, Singh’s placement with Trump in the Republican-heavy counties can sail him into the winner’s circle if he can maintain a 50-50 vote split among actual Republican voters in the northern part of the state.