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Pascrell, Payne Jr. Win Key NJ Primaries

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

New Jersey voted Tuesday in the first primary since redistricting eliminated one of the state's congressional districts. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell won a hard-fought battle of incumbents, besting fellow Congressman Steve Rothman in the Democratic primary in the state's newly drawn 9th District. In the 10th District, Donald Payne Jr. was elected to the seat his father held for over 20 years.

 

Pascrell beats Rothman in NJ House primary

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell has won a hard-fought battle of incumbents, besting fellow congressman Steve Rothman in the Democratic primary in New Jersey's newly drawn 9th District.

With 90 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Pascrell had 64 percent of the vote in the district, which includes portions of Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties.

In a concession speech, Rothman called Pascrell his friend and said he would help the Democratic ticket in November.

The two ended up in a rare incumbent vs. incumbent campaign because districts were redrawn this year. The winner is almost certain to prevail in November in the heavily Democratic district.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach won the Republican nomination. The rabbi is a TV personality who authored the book "Kosher Sex" and was a onetime spiritual adviser to Michael Jackson.

Payne Jr. wins primary for father's House seat

Donald Payne Jr. has defeated five other challengers in the Democratic primary for New Jersey's 10th Congressional District seat.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, the Newark City council president had 60 percent of the vote in the race to succeed his late father, who died in March.

Fellow Newark Councilman Ron C. Rice had 19 percent of the vote and state Sen. Nia Gill of Montclair about 17 percent. Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith only got about 2 percent.

Payne also won a special election for the remainder of his father's unexpired term.

In his victory speech, he told supporters he ran to continue the legacy of his father, the first black representative from New Jersey.

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