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U.S. President -- New Jersey
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 John F. Kerry (D) 1,812,956  53  
 George W. Bush * (R) 1,594,204  46  
 Other 29,853  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP
EDITOR'S NOTE: New Jersey has 15 out of 538 total electoral votes.
County by County Presidential Results

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 1
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Robert E. Andrews * (D) 193,794  75  
 S. Daniel Hutchison (R) 64,038  25  
 Other 1,079  0  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 2
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Frank A. LoBiondo * (R) 162,673  65  
 Timothy J. Robb (D) 82,207  33  
 Other 5,461  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 3
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 James Saxton * (R) 181,670  63  
 Herb C. Conaway (D) 99,925  35  
 Other 5,379  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 4
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Christopher H. Smith * (R) 184,629  67  
 Amy E. Vasquez (D) 88,815  32  
 Other 1,865  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 5
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Scott Garrett * (R) 164,241  58  
 Anne Wolfe (I) 115,684  41  
 Other 3,707  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 6
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Frank J. Pallone * (D) 149,279  67  
 Sylvester A. Fernandez (R) 69,333  31  
 Other 4,936  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 7
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Mike Ferguson * (R) 153,639  57  
 Steve G. Brozak (D) 111,413  41  
 Other 3,913  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 8
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Bill J. Pascrell * (D) 145,144  69  
 George C. Ajjan (R) 60,489  29  
 Other 3,739  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 9
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Steven R. Rothman * (D) 138,410  67  
 Edward J. Trawinski (R) 65,573  32  
 Other 1,442  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 10
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Donald M. Payne * (D) 147,438  97  
 Toy-Ling Washington (I) 2,825  2  
 Other 1,938  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 11
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Rodney P. Frelinghuysen * (R) 188,078  68  
 James W. Buell (D) 85,147  31  
 Other 2,897  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 12
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Rush D. Holt * (D) 161,602  59  
 Bill G. Spadea (R) 110,285  40  
 Other 2,755  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- New Jersey District 13
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Robert Menendez * (D) 117,356  76  
 Richard W. Piatkowski (R) 34,411  22  
 Other 3,149  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

New Jersey Politics

In a very public announcement, Democratic Gov. James E. McGreevey announced on Aug. 12, 2004 that he had an extramarital affair with a man and would resign from office, effective Nov. 15, 2004.

The news stunned the nation, particularly New Jersey, where McGreevey has served as governor since 2001. In announcing his decision, McGreevey said that "it makes little difference that as governor I am gay," but added that staying in office and keeping the affair and his sexual orientation secret would leave the governor's office "vulnerable to rumors, false allegations and threats of disclosure."

Republicans are putting pressure on McGreevey to leave before Sept. 3, which would allow for a special election on Nov. 2. If he can stay in office until at least Sept. 3, the election to replace him wouldn't occur until November 2005, the next general election. The New Jersey state Senate president, a Democrat, would be the acting governor.

Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J. has been asked by state-party members to give up his seat and seek the governor's mansion. Such a move could benefit Republicans and Democrats.

Should Corzine give up his seat before the election, that could allow the Republicans an opportunity they wouldn't otherwise have to add to their majority. But if Corzine then ran in a special election for governor and won, he would appoint the person to fill his Senate seat until the next general election. The person he would most likely select is Rep. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who has made it known he would like to be a senator.

Possible challengers the Republicans might like to turn to would include two former governors _ Thomas Kean and Christie Whitman.

Corzine has said he has no plans to abandon his Senate seat, but state Democrats are putting heavy pressure on him, seeing the former business executive as their best hope to hold on to the governor's office.

Other than U.S. House races, no federal officials are up for election in 2004.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Menendez, the party's third highest ranking member in the House, will face Republican Richard W. Piatkowski in the Nov. 2 general election.

Menendez, a former mayor of Union City, was first elected in 1992 and has moved up the power structure in the Democratic Party. He is the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and is seeking a seventh term in the House. He won the 2002 general election with 78 percent of the vote.

In the 5th District, Dorothea Anne Wolfe will be the Democratic candidate against Republican Rep. Scott Garrett. Wolfe's foray into the political scene began when she volunteered to walk door-to-door in Massachusetts when she was 19 to help John Kerry in his first congressional bid. In 1972, she worked on George McGovern's campaign as a fund-raiser.

Garrett won the seat in 2002 after Rep. Marge Roukema retired. The moderate Republican had been the longest serving woman in Congress.

In 2002, former Senator Frank Lautenberg won a non-consecutive fourth term over Republican businessman Douglas Forrester after a 35-day campaign. Lautenberg agreed to run after incumbent Sen. Robert Torricelli, plagued by ethics troubles, dropped out.

Lautenberg promised to avoid the problems that caused Torricelli's downfall. "I'm going to obey the rules and put the people of this state first," he said after his election.

--The Associated Press

       


Previous Presidential Votes
2000 Primary Winners
Democrats: Gore with 94.9%
Republicans: Bush with 83.6%
2000 General Election
Gore (D): 56.1%
Bush (R): 40.3%
1996 General Election
Clinton (D): 53.7%
Dole (R): 35.9%

Election Dates
Presidential/state primary
June 8, 2004

Delegates/Electoral Votes
Democratic Delegates:
   Pledged: 107
   Unpledged: 22
   Total: 129
Republican Delegates: 52
Electoral Votes: 15






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