Democrat Jeff Van Drew wins in New Jersey district

Democrat Jeff Van Drew wins in New Jersey district

Democratic state Sen. Jeff Van Drew beat out Trump-backed Seth Grossman in New Jersey's 2nd District on Tuesday.

With 99 percent of districts reporting, Van Drew was ahead 52 percent to 46 percent.

The district was represented by Republican Frank LoBiondoFrank Alo LoBiondoLive coverage: House elects new Speaker as Dems take charge The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — George H.W. Bush lies in state | NRCC suffers major hack | Crunch-time for Congress The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Washington poised to avert shutdown crisis, for now MORE since 1994, but his retirement this year opened the race to a Democratic challenger.

Van Drew's victory flips a district that voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE in 2016. 

Van Drew, a dentist by profession, is a self-described moderate, who is a Second Amendment proponent and supports abortion rights. He said he will not support Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Overnight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' MORE for House Speaker. 

Van Drew has touted the need for bipartisanship. He expressed support for "comprehensive immigration reform" and spoke of the need to strengthen the country's borders.  

Grossman campaigned on his support for President Trump, and promised to be his unabashed ally in Congress. 

But Grossman lost the support of the National Republican Congressional Committee over allegations of racism and bigotry.