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Live results for the New Jersey primaries
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The state was a major battleground for House races in 2018 — and is poised to be one again in 2020.
New Jersey was a major battleground for House races in 2018, and this cycle, it looks like several of its seats will be quite contentious yet again.

Two years ago, Democrats flipped four Republican-held seats in the state, all of which are poised to be competitive this fall, according to the Cook Political Report. Such wins were a sign of how New Jersey, as a whole, has shifted to the left in recent years — though Republicans are now fighting to reassert their presence in its congressional delegation.

Democrats hold 10 of the state's 12 House districts, as well as both Senate seats. This fall, they're hoping to hang on to the gains they've made, while also flipping New Jersey's Second District, which is represented by Democrat-turned-Republican Jeff Van Drew.

While many of these races are set to be close, experts say Democrats have a strong chance of maintaining their existing dominance given the party's strength in the suburbs. "The Democrats may very well be overextended, but it's unclear whether the GOP can claw back any territory," says Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia.

This week's primaries will set the stage for a slew of fall face-offs: There's a tight race among Democrats vying to take on Van Drew in the Second district as well as several Republicans eager to unseat Reps. Andy Kim in the Third and Tom Malinowski in the Seventh. Rep. Mikie Sherrill's seat in the 11th District is also expected to be a close contest in November, though her likely Republican challenger, tax attorney Rosemary Becchi, isn't set to face a competitive primary this Tuesday.

Multiple Democratic incumbents — including Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Albio Sires — are also fending off primary challengers, though both are expected to keep their seats.

Here are some of the key New Jersey races to keep an eye on — and the stakes involved in each. We'll have live results throughout the evening, powered by our partners at Decision Desk.…
Li Zhou, Cameron Peters
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