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Summit Republicans Dill, Madden Easily Take Council Seats; Obama Edges Romney

The President leads Romney 4129 to 4120 in an unofficial tally released by the City Clerk.

Summit Common Council's Ward I candidate, Al Dill, Jr. garnerd 2,285 votes against 6 write-in candidates. Ward II candidate Rich Madden, the Common Council President won 2,260 votes against 14 write-in candidates, according to unofficial results.

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President Barack Obama carried Summit according to preliminary voting numbers released by the City Clerks office. Of 14,330 registered Summit voters, 8,372 came out to the polls. Obama has won the 14 electoral votes needed to take New Jersey.

In Summit, the Democrat Obama led Republican Romney by 9 votes, 4129 to 4120. In other important local elections, Joe Kyrillos carried Summit over Robert Menendez in the state Senate race by 135 votes, 3877 to 3742. However, Menedez is expected to win the race in New Jersey. "The latest tally had Menendez up 62 percent to 36 percent over his opponent," according to this Patch report.

Congressman Leonard Lance retained his District 7 seat, in Summit he received 630 votes over Democrat Upendra Chivukula, 3,999 to 3,369. According to unofficial results from the Union County Board of Elections Lance is ahead district-wide with 53.75 percent of the vote.

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