District 2 race still not officially declared; incumbent Van Drew declares victory

New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District has still not officially been declared, but Republican incumbent Rep. Jeff Van Drew has declared victory.
Van Drew thanked his supporters late Tuesday night and declared victory from Sea Isle City. But his Democratic opponent Amy Kennedy has yet to concede.
Van Drew claimed to have won after an approximate 10,000-vote lead. He made national headlines last year when he switched to the Republican Party after not voting to impeach President Donald Trump.
Kennedy hoped to turn that seat blue once again.
The 2nd District touches eight New Jersey counties, meaning that the seat is waiting on eight different boards of elections to release their results as mail-in ballots.
Gov. Phil Murphy commented on the race Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s fair to say the Amy Kennedy/Jeff Van Drew race is still not called and my guess is that it’s still going to take some time,” Murphy said. “That’s a district that touches eight counties, among the broadest county seats of anyone in the House of Representatives in the United States. So, bear with us on that.”
The New Jersey GOP released a statement on Wednesday congratulating Van Drew on the win, saying in part, "We know that he will continue his fight for a Strong America in Congress, and continue his excellent constituent service back home. The NJGOP congratulates him on a resounding victory, was pleased to support his campaign efforts, and wishes him well in his next term in Congress."
News 12 New Jersey reached out to Van Drew and Kennedy for comment, but neither was available to be interviewed.