As of early this morning, Save Jerseyans, Barack Obama significantly outpaced his 2008 margin of victory in the Garden State.
He’s up by about 550k votes statewide with an approximate 17.5-point lead over Mitt Romney (58.39% to 40.61%). Back in 2008, he won 57.3% to 41.7%.
Both Romney and McCain carried the same counties. What’s particularly interesting are the GOP-strong Jersey Shore county margins. Romney did about a point better than McCain in Monmouth; that said, Romney’s reduced margin may have something to do with post-Sandy displacement.
Art Gallagher of MMM described the “chaos” that plagued many hurricane-afflicted counties yesterday. We won’t have a complete count until at least Friday as a result.
Romney performed stronger than McCain nationally. We’ll see if New Jersey remains an exception when the final totals are tabulated…