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 LoBiondoRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority 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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 PelosiGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump 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.