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2018 primaries: Menendez gets two-thirds of votes

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New Jersey headed to the polls Tuesday for the 2018 primaries.
New Jersey headed to the polls Tuesday for the 2018 primaries. - ()

New Jersey, along with California, have become home to some of the most heavily watched 2018 Congressional battlegrounds in the country.

Here are the tallies for Democratic and Republican candidates in New Jersey’s June 5 primaries:

U.S. Senate

Robert Menendez, the Democratic incumbent, won 258,042 votes, or 62.13 percent or all Democratic state voters.

He lost a third of the vote to newspaper publisher Lisa McCormick, who won 157,263, and faces a tough race due to his ethics charges and a criminal corruption trial.

Bob Hugin won the Republican nomination with 167,000 votes, or 75 percent of the state’s Republican vote.

11th Congressional District

Mikie Sherrill, with 34,805 votes, or 77.35 percent of the district’s Democrat voters, will be the Democratic nominee to fill the seat left by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who will not seek reelection.

Jay Webber, with 16,763 votes, or 39.94 percent, won the GOP nomination.

7th Congressional District

Tom Malinowski won the Democratic nomination to take on Republican incumbent Leonard Lance, with 26,059 votes, or 66.80 percent of the votes.

Lance in turn, won the GOP nomination with 24,741 votes, or 74.9 percent.

5th Congressional District

John McCann narrowly won the GOP nomination to unseat Democrat incumbent Josh Gottheimer. McCann won 16,598 votes, or 52.98 percent.

His opponent, Steve Lonegan, trailed behind with 14,728 votes, the other 47.02 percent.

2nd Congressional District

Jeff Van Drew, a conservative Democrat in the State Senate, won the Democratic nomination with 15,645 votes, or 55.41 percent.

Seth Grossman, a former Atlantic County freeholder and Atlantic City councilman, won the GOP nomination with 10,101 votes, or 39 percent.

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Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel J. Munoz


Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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Tom T June 6, 2018 9:58 am

More validation of why people are leaving NJ at a record pace. Menendez, clearly corrupt, lining his own pockets and the public votes for him. What does a politician need more than this as a sign to steal, cheat and do whatever you want, the people will reward you with votes. I appears we have reached the point where so many people are on the take, nothing is unacceptable. nice work Democratic voters!

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