GOP hopeful they can hold onto CD-7

FLEMINGTON -- Facing a string of recent U.S. House special election wins for Democrats in Illinois, Louisiana and Mississippi and uncomfortable reminders of nearly losing New Jersey's 7th Congressional District in 2006, Republicans gathered at state Sen. Leonard Lance's primary election night victory party on Tuesday said they were confident that the GOP would be able to hold on to the seat of retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson in November.

"Demographics are destiny," state Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington) told PolitickerNJ.com at the American Legion hall in Flemington, in the heart of Lance's Hunterdon County base. Doherty said Democrat Linda Stender would have a difficult job capturing the reliably Republican congressional district, despite Stender's near defeat of Ferguson two years ago. The 7th district "was really drawn as a Republican district."

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Caputo hangs on to beat Russo

Incumbent Ralph Caputo beat challenger Bob Russo by 311 votes Caputo survives RussoCaputo survives Russoin their 5th District scrap for Essex County Freeholder.

Running a campaign of outrage against Caputo's status as a dual office holder (assemblyman and freeholder), Russo, a former Montclair mayor, ran off-the-line.

It marks the second close freeholder loss suffered by Russo in 30 years.

In 1978, Russo ran for freeholder and lost to James P. Piro of Nutley by 36 votes.

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New Jersey Primary Results

Frank Lautenberg, 84, won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, defeating Rob Andrews by a wide marginFrank Lautenberg, 84, won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, defeating Rob Andrews by a wide margin
In all PolitickerNJ.com brought you 54 news stories during Election Day.

Below are the last stories from the top races:

U.S. Senate -- Democrat

Newark: Lautenberg claims victory

Cherry Hill: Andrews concedes with no regrets

Newark: Lautenberg allies celebrating in Newark as Andrews concedes

Newark: Corzine embraces 'effective' incumbent

Wally Edge: Andrews receives more than 80,000 less votes than Florio '00

Wally Edge: Will Rob Andrews return to Congress?

Wally Edge: Five independents file for U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate -- Republican

Princeton: A late entry, Zimmer prevails, campaign looks to November

Morristown: Pennacchio concedes to Zimmer

Morristown: Morris County backs favorite son Pennacchio

U.S. House CD 1 -- Democrat

Greenwald definitely not interested in Andrews's congressional seat

U.S. House CD-3 -- Republican

Medford: Myers wastes no time in attacking Adler

U.S. House CD- 3 -- Democrat

Adler claims to be candidate of change

U.S. House CD-7 -- Republican

Flemington: Lance claims victory in 7th District primary

Flemington: GOP hopeful they can hold onto CD-7

Democratic Presidential Race

Holt endorses Obama

Sources: Lautenberg will back Obama

Essex Co. Freeholder

Caputo hangs on to beat Russo

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Adler claims to be candidate of change

Democratic Congressional candidate John Adler addressed Chris Myers victory in the Republican primary tonight in a press release.

"The contrast between my campaign to bring real change to Washington and Mayor Myers' desire to maintain the status quo could not be clearer." Adler said in the statement.

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Pennacchio concedes to Zimmer

MORRISTOWN -- Two and a half hours after the polls closed, state Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) conceded to challenger former U.S. Representative Dick Zimmer for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

With 90 percent of districts reporting, Pennacchio netted 39 percent (64,643 votes), seven points behind Zimmer.

"This is a very Norman Rockwell moment," said Pennacchio in his concession speech, mentioning that the experience brought a sense of "validation" that he, the son of immigrant parents, could be a viable contender for the U.S. Senate.

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A late entry, Zimmer prevails, campaign looks to November

Former Rep. Dick Zimmer, right, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, defeating Joe Pennachio and Murray Sabrin: Politicker PhotoFormer Rep. Dick Zimmer, right, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, defeating Joe Pennachio and Murray Sabrin: Politicker PhotoPRINCETON - Former Congressman Dick Zimmer secured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate tonight, defeating opponents state Sen. Joe Pennacchio and college professor Murray Sabrin.

"Two months ago, I never thought I'd be running for U.S. Senate let alone anything else," Zimmer said, flanked by party officials including state Sen. Bill Baroni and former U.S. Senate candidate Anne Estabrook, who dropped out of the primary contest due to health reasons.

Taking aim at his fall opponent, current U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Zimmmer said, "You cannot expect someone elected 26 years ago to be the agent of change that we need."

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Corzine embraces 'effective' incumbent

Gov. Jon Corzine and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg with Passaic County Chair John Currie (file photo)Gov. Jon Corzine and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg with Passaic County Chair John Currie (file photo) 

NEWARK - Gov. Jon Corzine said the incumbent's demonstration of effectiveness in his successful U.S. Senate Primary contest finally distinguished U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).

"There was a lot of tactical stuff in this race, but in reality Frank Lautenberg has shown repeatedly that he is very effective," Corzine told PolitickerNJ.com

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Myers wastes no time in attacking Adler

Myers delivers victory speech: Photo credit: Daniel ReiterMyers delivers victory speech: Photo credit: Daniel ReiterMEDFORD - Third Congressional District Republican nominee Chris Myers didn't hesitate a moment before ripping at his Democratic opponent, John Adler.

During his victory speech tonight, Myers criticized what he called the Trenton Political Machine.

"Our state and our nation are on the wrong track and career politicians can't fix it," he said.

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