In Essex, that beast of Democratic Party reliability, the drill down goes to the North Ward, where Phil Alagia, a disciple of North Ward leader Steve Adubato’s, says turnout is good early.
The North Ward went big for Booker in 2006 and 2010.
Alagia says turnout is showing a similar success rate for the U.S. Senate candidate and Newark mayor.
Turnout was 3,900 in the Democratic Primary, he said, and if the models hold, they are on pace today, after their 10 a.m. consultations, to produce nearly 7,000 votes.
“We are 160% of where we were in the primary,” Alagia said.
Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin said he sees people moving in the polling places.
“It’s steady,” he said of turnout, “and people are surprised at the steadiness but could that be based on low expectations.”
Alagia said the numbers he saw this morning in South Orange and Montclair also look for very good, and expects strong turnout for the Democrat across Essex.