Barack Obama failed to hit the overall totals he secured in 2008, but Mitt Romney didn’t do as well as John McCain, enabling the president to win New Jersey by a larger percentage than last time.
Obama beat John McCain in New Jersey 56.8 to 42.1%, compared to his 58% to 40.9% win over Romney last Tuesday.
Obama scored his biggest vote total in Essex County – landing 197,679, according to unofficial early totals posted by the State Division of Elections.
The total was significantly off the whopping 240,306 Essex votes he received in 2008 but still enough this time to make Essex his biggest nest of votes.
His second, third, fourth and fifth biggest totals occurred in Bergen (193,470), Middlesex (172,465), Camden (136,454) and Hudson (136,239).
Monmouth edged Union with the larger number of votes for Obama: 125,471 to 123,769.
As he did in 2008, Obama won historically Republican Somerset County, this time with 9,000 fewer votes, or 70,168 to Mitt Romney’s 63,159.
Romney’s largest vote totals came out of Bergen (155,267), followed by Monmouth (140,376), Ocean (127,425), and Morris (114,265).
OBAMA 2008: 2,215,422 OBAMA 2012 1,914,756
MCCAIN 2008 1,613,207 ROMNEY 2012: 1,356,277