10:46 p.m. That's it for the updates tonight. We'll be back updating our database of election results starting at 6 a.m. 

10:40 p.m. Gov. Chris Christie congratulated Kim Guadagno for winning the GOP governor's nomination by email just moments ago, followed by several shots at her opponent, Democrat Phil Murphy.

"Kim, we need a leader who will fight back against Goldman Sachs Democrats and I'm confident you are the person to do that. Mary Pat and I extend our congratulations to you, your family and your campaign on a hard fought and well deserved victory."

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10:10 p.m. - Atlantic City Council president Marty Small won the vote for Democratic mayoral candidate Tuesday, but it wasn't enough. Opponent Frank Gilliam had a commanding lead in the mail in ballots 694 to 209. Once again mail-in ballots, were the difference in Atlantic City.

10:00 p.m. - Voter turnout in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties all topped 10 percent. Lower results in Cumberland, just under 5 percent, but the tally of votes is much slower out there.

9:41 p.m. - Registered Republicans in Cape May, Cumberland and portions of Atlantic counties had the opportunity to vote Tuesday in a three-way Assembly race.

Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro, Downe Township Mayor Robert Campbell and North Wildwood real estate agent Brian McDowell were running to be on the GOP ticket to face Democratic incumbent Assemblymen Bob Andrzejczak and Bruce Land.

In Cape May County, with 80 out of 127 district reporting, Sauro led with 57 percent of the vote, with Campbell at 22 percent and McDowell with 20 percent, according to unofficial results posted on the county clerk’s website. In Cumberland County, with 25 of 92 district partially reported, Sauro led with 47 percent of the vote, followed closely by Campbell with 46 percent and McDowell at 7 percent, according to unofficial results.

McDowell was ahead in Atlantic County with 48 percent of the vote with Sauro at 47 percent and Campbell at 5 percent with three out of four district reporting, according to unofficial totals.

McDowell, a former contestant on TV’s “The Apprentice,” lost the support of the Republican Party organizations in Cape May and Cumberland counties after an inappropriate video of him surfaced online. In the clip, the candidate used a vulgarity in telling a woman she should have sex with him.

9:36 p.m. - Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has won the GOP primary and will take on Democrat Phil Murphy in the gubernatorial election in November. 

9:27 p.m. Phil Murphy, the Democratic primary winner, told his supporters he was "honored and humbled" to be his party's nominee.

"Today, you helped send a message that progressives and working New Jerseyans are united to end the failed status quo in Trenton and fight back against President Trump in Washington."

9:15 p.m. The celebration has started early in the Frank Gilliam headquarters Tuesday night as early numbers have him leading political rival Marty Small. The two Democratic candidates in the Atlantic City mayoral race were holding post results gatherings just blocks apart, but their rooms were studies in contrast.

9:10 p.m. - In the Republican primary for Absecon Ward 1, James Vizthum defeated Christopher Cottrell. Vizthum received 196 votes, while Cottrell received 29 votes. 

9:05 p.m.  – With nearly 42% of the polling locations reporting, Vince Mazzeo and John Armato lead in the democratic primary for General Assembly in District 2. 

9:02 p.m. - The Associated Press reports that Phil Murphy wins the Democratic primary in the run for New Jersey governor. 

8:52 p.m. - At Frank Gilliam's headquarters, there's preliminary celebration as the word is Gilliam is leading in the initial mail-in ballot tally.

8:46 p.m. - Results starting to appear now in Cape May County with 14 of 127 districts reporting.

8:43 p.m. - With about one-fourth of the 413 districts  in Ocean County reporting results, longtime incumbent Republican Freeholder Joseph Vicari is outpacing challenger Jenny Heinz. Vicari is carrying more than 75 percent of the popular vote at this point.

8:40 p.m. - In Ocean County: Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagano has a 30 point lead on Jack Ciattarelli with 118 out of 413 voting district reporting. 

8:20 p.m.  It was only one of 21 districts, but the first results coming into Marty Small's HQ give Small a lead. Small didn't look too assured. There was a long way to go after all.

8 p.m. - Polls are now closed. We will start reporting results on contested races as they come in. Check back for updates.

7:15 p.m. - Polls close in less than an hour, but early reports of low turnout in South Jersey for today's primary election.

An exception is the number of mail-in ballots requested in Atlantic County.

Lynn Caterson, a board member of the Atlantic County Board of Elections said the county has 1,100 mail-in ballots, are large number by her estimate.

The board is already determining which ones are valid, she said.

Speaking in front of a reported 1,200 people at a rally in Bergen County last week, former Vice President Joe Biden called the race to replace outgoing Gov. Chris Christie the most important election in the country before the 2020 presidential election.

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But a potential new governor hasn’t excited residents in South Jersey, who Tuesday will join residents across the state heading to the polls for the Republican and Democratic primaries. Instead, local races in Atlantic County will garner the most attention.

The ugliest race is the Atlantic City Democratic primary for mayor between political rivals Frank Gilliam and Marty Small. Gilliam, an at-large councilman, has put up billboards around the city and distributed two campaign mailers highlighting drug-distribution charges in 1993 and an arson charge in 2005 against Small. Small was never convicted, and the charges were dropped.

Small, meanwhile, called for Gilliam to drop out of the race after it was revealed that a former girlfriend filed for a restraining order against him in 1997 under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act.

Gilliam has no plans to drop out. On Friday, he said the response to his campaign has been very positive around the city.

“We are ready to put Atlantic City first again,” he said.

Substitute teacher Fareed Abdullah and Navy veteran Jimmy Whitehead are also on the ballot in the Democratic primary.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face incumbent Don Guardian in November. He is unopposed in the Republican primary.

But around Atlantic County, Democratic candidates for the New Jersey Assembly have been knocking on doors and attending events in hopes of securing one of two available spots on the party ticket.

Freeholder Ernest Coursey, former surrogate Jim Carney, former Atlantic City Councilman Rizwan Malik and attorney Theresa Watts have been working to buck the official party endorsement of Vince Mazzeo and John Armato, whose names are under Murphy and state Senate candidate Colin Bell on the ballot.

“The challenge is that the Democratic Party has the party line, and some people will just vote that without knowing who the candidates are,” Carney said. “But you don’t really know what’s going to happen because people are disillusioned with Democrats and Republicans right now.”

Carney and Coursey forced four rounds of voting at the Atlantic County Democratic Convention in March for the official party endorsement despite party officials publicly endorsing Mazzeo and Armato before the vote.

Coursey said Monday his name recognition has helped him throughout the county.

“Atlantic City and Pleasantville are my stronghold, but people know me from my time as a freeholder, Atlantic City councilman and commissioner at the SJTA,” Coursey said. “I feel really good about my chances.”

Meanwhile, Mazzeo has been knocking on doors with Armato and Bell to try and drum up interest for Tuesday’s race.

“Historically speaking, you don’t see much interest in these primary races,” he said. “But this year, you’re seeing a little bit more engagement because of what is going on with the Trump administration.”

Mazzeo added that people are looking forward to a change in the governorship, even if they don’t end up voting Tuesday.

The Democratic Assembly winners will face Republicans Vince Sera, a Brigantine councilman, and Brenda Taube, former Margate commissioner, in November.

In the race for governor, Biden, who is reportedly mulling his own run for president in 2020, endorsed Democratic front-runner Phil Murphy just a week and a half before the primary.

In the most recent poll conducted by Stockton University, Murphy led challenger Jim Johnson by 24 points and Assemblyman John Wisniewski by 25 points.

On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has increased her lead over Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli to 19 points.

Guadagno and Ciattarelli have run campaigns distancing themselves from Christie. In a recent campaign ad, Guadagno highlighted her time as sheriff in Monmouth County, but did not mention her current role as lieutenant governor.

Murphy, meanwhile, has focused on running a campaign with a progressive agenda that includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and keeping New Jersey within the guidelines of the Paris Climate Accord despite President Donald Trump pulling the country out of the international agreement last month.

Murphy has consistently polled ahead of Guadagno in a theoretical general election match up.

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I joined The Press in January 2016 after graduating from Penn State in December 2015. I was the sports editor for The Daily Collegian on campus which covered all 31 varsity sports and several club sports.

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