New Jersey, Delaware hold primaries as congressional incumbents face challenges

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New Jersey holds its primary on Tuesday – a month late and almost entirely by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic. And House incumbents in 10 of the state's 12 congressional districts are facing challenges.
New Jersey holds its primary on Tuesday – a month late and almost entirely by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With the presidential nominations decided long ago and Democratic Sen. Cory Booker favored to comfortably win re-election, the House of Representatives contests seem to hold the most intrigue. There are contested primaries in 10 of the state's 12 congressional districts.

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And in the Democratic contests, New Jersey's primary appears to be the latest chapter in this year's recurring storyline, where incumbent lawmakers are fighting off challenges from the left of their party.

Many of the young progressive challengers are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York City – known as AOC - whose blockbuster 2018 upset primary win over longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley created political shockwaves.

"She's a huge influence" Seton Hall University political science professor Matt Hale emphasized. "Progressives are trying to pull AOC's in a number of New Jersey House races."

But Hale cautioned that "the problem is that if you want to emulate AOC, you have to have her media skills if you're going to be successful and none of these challengers do. The only reason why progressive challengers might have a shot is because vote-by-mail favors young, even first-time voters who vote their ideals. I…
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