"I'm very proud of our campaign," said Garcia. "People stood up for what they believed in."
Garcia pointed to early results in the race for Essex town supervisor as evidence that the political strength of ranking Essex County Republicans is fading. There, long-time incumbent Ronald Jackson, chair of the county Republican Committee, showed a preliminary loss to challenger Sharon Boisen by a margin of more than five percent.
"When Ron Jackson takes a hit, it speaks volumes for the state of the Republican Party in Essex County," Garcia said. "It shows the unrest in the GOP and that people aren't just going to vote for the person the Republican Party wants them to vote for."
The candidates now await an official result following the count of absentee ballots. There have been 1,167 absentee ballots sent out, of which, at last report, 787 have been collected. The remaining 380 must have been postmarked by Nov. 2, but have until Nov. 10 to be received.
Still, Sprague is confident her victory will stand.
"I think that once the absentee ballots are counted, they will increase our margin further," she said, adding that her campaign has actively targeted absentee voters.