NJ Politics Digest: It’s a Primary Day to Watch in New Jersey

Mikie Sherrill

Mikie Sherrill Alyana Alfaro for Observer

Mikie Sherrill Alyana Alfaro for Observer

Voters go to the poll today to cast ballots in the state’s primaries. And with New Jersey likely to whittle down the number of Republicans representing it in the House of Representatives in November, the results of today’s contests require special attention.

One of the most-watched races tonight will be the Democratic contest in the 11th congressional district, where former Navy pilot Mikie Sherill is the favorite to compete for the seat being vacated by long-time Republican incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen. Sherill is one of four other Democrats and five Republicans in the race, with Assemblyman Jay Webber—one of the favorites to win the Republican nod.

The state’s second district, represented by retiring Republican Frank LoBiondo, is also considered a likely Democratic win this November. Democratic State Sen. Jeff Van Drew is favored to win the party’s nomination over three other Democratic challengers, including Tanzie Youngblood of Swedesboro, William Cunningham of Vineland, and Nate Kleinman of Elmer.

The participants in the federal race that will be at the top of the New Jersey ticket this November will also be decided tonight, though few expect either incumbent Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez or Republican Bob Hugin to face a serious challenge when the primary results are counted.

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