One Senate seat is up for election in New Jersey, held by a Democratic incumbent. Voters will also choose representatives for 12 House seats, seven of which are held by Democrats and five by Republicans. See New Jersey’s primary results.
Sen. Bob Menendez (D) is seeking a third term. A federal corruption case against him ended in a mistrial last fall, and although prosecutors opted not to retry him, he was ‘severely admonished’ by the Senate Ethics Committee in April. His opponent, former biotech executive Bob Hugin (R), has spent millions of his own dollars on ads emphasizing Menendez’s ethical issues, but he faces a difficult contest in reliably blue New Jersey.
How the vote has swung from 2016, so far
Margin in the 2018 Senate race for counties that went for Clinton or Trump in the 2016 general election, and the number of precincts reporting in those counties overall.
For counties with at least 10% of precincts reporting, this is how far the vote in the Senate race has shifted towards Democrats or Republicans, compared to 2016.
Going into this election, New Jersey had 7 Democratic representatives and 5 Republican representatives. Here’s how each district leans politically, based on how it voted in the 2016 presidential election, with 2018 results as they come in.
In 2016, Trump won this district by 6.2 points and Tom MacArthur (R) won by 20.4.
Former national security official Andy Kim, a Democrat, is matching up against Rep. Tom MacArthur in this district that stretches across the central part of the state. MacArthur has embraced many of President Trump's positions, and Kim has attacked his votes, particularly on health care.
In 2016, Clinton won this district by 1.1 points and Leonard Lance (R) won by 11.
Rep. Leonard Lance (R) is facing a challenge from Obama administration official Tom Malinowski. Lance has separated himself from President Trump, voting against the tax bill and repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
There’s a chance that the next Democratic debate will treat viewers to a spectacle unseen this cycle — all of the candidates debating on the same stage, on the same night. The debate will be held over two nights only if more than 10 candidates qualify. So far, exactly 10 have.