The race to succeed Gary Karr as Burlington County Democratic Chairman is a done deal: the new Chairman will be Richard Perr, a 37-year-old attorney and Rutgers Law Professor who worked for then-U.S. Senator Albert Gore. Perr has close ties to South Jersey Democratic fundraisers and impressed party insiders with his work as head of the Burlington County Taxpayers Association. Perr has locked up the key endorsements and will not likely face a challenge. Democratic operatives believe Burlington County is potentially competitive, despite a solid record of victories for Republicans at the county level for nearly twenty years. Party registration in Burlington County is the closest in the state, with 51,012 Democrats and 50,581 Republicans, and Democratic statewide candidates have won Burlington in 2001, 2002, and 2005. Still, the Burlington County Republican machine is perhaps the strongest GOP operation in the state and they typicall win countywide campaigns by wide margins.