There are a number of races affecting Ocean County in this year's election from Congress to County Sheriff, two County Commissioner seats, 10 mayoral races, several critical school board races, and a couple of ballot questions.

Historically, in recent memory especially, Ocean County has had the most registered Republicans in the state of New Jersey and it's played a role in big races impacting the Garden State.

There are several key races where many Republican incumbents could stay in office in Ocean County and New Jersey from local races to Congressional races.

Ocean County Republican Chair George Gilmore tells 92.7-WOBM/Townsquare Media News on Tuesday morning that he is confident in the Republicans on the ballots being able to secure victories tonight.

"I'm extremely confident that the Sheriff (Mike Mastronardy) and our Commissioner candidates -- Ginny Haines and Jack Kelly are going to win by significant margins, and, across the entire county, I believe that Republicans will win every municipal race," Gilmore tells Townsquare Media News.

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Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore (AP Photo)

There are a few towns where the mayor, and council/committee are non-partisan towns but certain candidates in those municipalities have Republican visions correlating to the party itself.

"In several towns, it's non-partisan, but, it's Republicans or Democrats, you just can't put your name in that column, but, the two towns where you have Republicans running against each other are in Jackson Township and Manchester Township, but, there is a Democratic candidate even though it's non-partisan," Gilmore said. "Those are the towns to look at when the results come in tonight."

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Voter turnout has been getting better in Ocean County and depending on how many overall voters come to the polls and cast ballots today will be decided of course who wins what race, who may lose a race, and how things will look in the shore and long term future.

Gilmore expresses confidence in this area as well with people living in Ocean County coming out to vote today and tonight.

(Craig Allen photo).
(Craig Allen photo).

"I think we're going to have a turnout approaching or exceeding 250,000 total votes," Gilmore said. "We had 59,000 Vote By Mail applications issued, we've gotten back, as of yesterday I think, 34,400, so, that's 58-percent return there."

The biggest races on everyone's ballot this year regardless of where you live is the Mid-Term/Congressional races, two of which directly affect Ocean County out of the 12, but how people who live in these 33 municipalities turn out plus others from around the Jersey Shore and the state, could determine how many seats stay the same and how many flip.

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"(Congressman Chris) Smith and (Congressman Jeff) Van Drew are going to win by big margins in Ocean County and I assume in the balance of their district, but, they'll both be successful tonight," Gilmore said.

Across the country tonight, all eyes will be on the Congressional seats and how many may end up turning to Republicans.

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Rep. Chris Smith (House Television via AP)

"I think we're looking to a significant Republican victory across the country, I think we're going to pick up a minimum of 30 House seats tonight, and I think, we'll pick up a minimum of 2 Senate seats, maybe as high as four Senate seats," Gilmore said.

The Ocean County Republican Organization is having an event tonight in Toms River where Chairman Gilmore will speak along with Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy and Ocean County Commissioners Jack Kelly and Ginny Haines.

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"I believe we will have in excess of 200 people there attending tonight's event and it's a feeling of anticipation, we feel very confident of our victory in the Commissioner races as well as the Sheriff's race and, like I said, in all towns Republicans are going to win, whether they're in a non-partisan town or in a partisan town," Gilmore said.

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