It's primary day in New Jersey. Here are 5 things to watch.

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The primary is drawing some national attention because of hotly contested congressional races in two South Jersey swing districts.
Voters lining up outside of a polling place | AP Photo/Brynn Anderson It's primary day in New Jersey. Here are 5 things to watch.

New Jersey holds an unprecedented primary election on Tuesday, with most voters likely to cast their ballots through the mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state's vote-by-mail system, which has been greatly expanded over the last couple of years, will be put to a major test after Gov. Phil Murphy ordered that all registered Democrats and Republicans received mail-in ballots, and that all unaffiliated voters be sent applications for them. At least half of all polling places in New Jersey will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for voters to cast provisional ballots.

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That's added an element of uncertainty to what otherwise would likely be a low-turnout election since the presidential primary is no longer contested.

The primary is drawing some national attention because of hotly contested congressional races in two southern New Jersey swing districts. It will also be a test of whether what happened in New York last month, when progressives defeated or came within striking distance of some well-entrenched incumbents, can be repeated across the Hudson River.

The primary, originally scheduled for June 2, was delayed by more than a month because of the pandemic.

Here are five things to watch on Tuesday:

THE COMPETITIVE RACES

The two most closely watched primaries are in South Jersey congressional districts.

In the 2nd District, which stretches from the Jersey Shore westward to the suburbs of Philadelphia, five Democrats are seeking the party's nomination to challenge Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who already has the support of President Donald Trump.

The frontrunners are political science professor Brigid Harrison and former teacher Amy Kennedy, a member of Democrats' most famous political dynasty. Harrison has the support of six of the eight county Democratic parties in the district, but…
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