NEWARK - With 211 out of 551 districts, or 38.29%, reporting, U.S. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is holding a substantial lead over challenger U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) in Essex County.
Lautenberg has thus far received 74.93% (10,654 votes), compared to Andrews's 21.90% (3,114 votes), according to the Essex County Clerk's Office.
In the Republican Senate primary, former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer is maintaining a comfortable lead over state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris).
Zimmer has 55.36% (1,636 votes), compared to 36.21% for Pennacchio, and 8.22% (243) for economist Murray Sabrin.
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NEWARK - The Andrews-Lautenberg battle might as well be some other era’s war here in the South Ward, where U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) and his "B" line allies are trying to withstand a line "E" challenge by Mayor Cory Booker and the South Ward Independent Democrats.
The city’s been quiet all day for the most part - except here, and now is no exception. The mood intensifies.
"Ward control," says Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Newark), when asked what’s at stake here on Election Day. "The fight isn’t at the top of the ticket. For once the fight is at the bottom of the ticket, way at the bottom, county committee."Read More >
As Andrews supporters await election returns at Camden County Democratic Headquarters in Cherry Hill, the mood is optimistic-- if only by necessity.
Andrews spokesman Bill Caruso said that they think turnout statewide could be somewhere south of 200,000 – extremely low for a primary. That, he said, is more likely to benefit Andrews, who’s trailed in polls by double digits since the race began two short months ago.
“We were expecting turnout somewhere south of 300,000, now we’re maybe looking south of 200,000, which is good for us,” said Caruso. “You can throw any poling models at the window with that turnout.”Read More >
[img_assist|nid=18131|title=Frank Lautenberg, 84, won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, defeating Rob Andrews by a wide margin|desc=Getty Images Photo|link=none|align=none|width=420|height=265] Incumbent Frank Lautenberg has won renomination for a fifth term in the United States Senate. He leads Rep. Rob Andrews by a 61%-34% margin. Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello is running a weak third with 5% of the vote. Lautenberg won huge margins in Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Passaic counties, carried Middlesex and Union comfortably, and held his own in several South Jersey counties. In the GOP primary, former Rep. Dick Zimmer leads State Sen. Joe Pennacchio by a 46-40% margin. Ramapo College Professor Murray Sabrin has 14% of the vote.Read More >
Third Congressional District Republican candidate Justin Murphy is considered the long shot by most observers in today’s primary, but he said in an interview that he feels "very good.”
Murphy stressed the importance of his base – an alternative group of supporters in Ocean County. He told PolitickerNJ.com that if he doesn’t do well in Ocean County, his campaign will “be recorded as a nice try.” He explained that his strategy is to get enough votes out of Ocean County specifically to get the third he believes he will need to win. According to Murphy, the idea is to balance the votes between the Chris Myers and Jack Kelly campaigns, which he describes as “one machine versus another machine.”
Following the theme of the evening, he was uncertain what the low voter turnout meant. However, Murphy said that there was “such a mud festival between the two machine candidates” that “people got turned off.”Read More >
As the Democratic presidential primary race reached its conclusion tonight, 12th District U.S. Rep. Rush Holt joined a pack of other previously unconfirmed superdelegates to back Barack Obama this evening.
"Barack Obama has a remarkable life story, has run a stirring campaign, and has offered an inspiring vision and an impressive strategy to bring about much-needed change in our nation," said Holt. "His successes in the primaries suggest that we can rise above cynicism and bigotry in America, and I am honored to offer my endorsement and support."
Holt was one of two high profile superdelegates to hold off on a presidential endorsement. U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who's up for reelection tonight, is not expected to endorse anyone until the presidential race wraps up.Read More >
NEWARK - It’s late afternoon in the Ironbound on Election Day. As another minivan passes with a woman hanging out of the passenger-side window on a megaphone telling people to vote for lines E-8 and E-9, the mood inside East Ward Democratic Party headquarters turns even more sour.
Sitting at a table with his Ironbound allies, including East Ward party leader Joseph Parlavecchio and Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador feels slightly unceremoniously stomped on right now.Read More >
Hours before the end of a contentious primary, Congressional District 3 Republican candidate Jack Kelly told PolitickerNJ.com, "of course I have a shot at winning" but stressed that he knew it was "in the voters' hands."
Kelly said that the winner of the campaign will be the one "who does better within their base."
He said, "Who can bring more of their supporters to the polls - that's who will win."Read More >
After weeks of speculation, the direction of the Newark mayoral race may take an important turn today as prominent members of the Payne political family gather at Newark's Robert Treat Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has called a press conference at which both U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Essex County deputy chief of staff and former state Assemblyman William D. Payne will be present.Read More >
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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