Jul 8, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Party-flipping Rep. Van Drew competes in N.J. primary

A person walking past an American flag and a voting sign.

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New Jersey held its primary election on Tuesday, wherein most voters were expected to cast ballots by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: Though former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump both secured enough delegates to win their respective nominations, there are down-ballot primaries to keep an eye on.

Races to watch: In the state's 2nd congressional district, five Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination to challenge Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who in 2019 voted against impeaching Trump as a Democrat, and later switched to the Republican Party.

    • Van Drew has received Trump's endorsement for the Republican primary and is not expected to confront any serious threats in the contest.

Results: Sen. Cory Booker won New Jersey’s Democratic Senate primary, according to AP. He faced local activist Lawrence Hamm.

Between the lines: Trump‘s attacks on mail-in voting have generated suspicions among Republican voters toward absentee ballots, worrying Republican strategists, who believe it could hurt their own candidates, the Washington Post reports.

What's next: Polls closed at 8 p.m. EST, but results are not expected Tuesday evening.

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