MacArthur loses New Jersey House race to Democratic challenger Andy Kim

Rep. Tom MacArthurThomas (Tom) Charles MacArthur 10 things we learned from the midterms New Jersey New Members 2019 On The Money: Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on border wall funding | Fed bank regulator walks tightrope on Dodd-Frank | Koch-backed groups blast incentives for corporations after Amazon deal MORE (R-N.J.) lost his seat to Democratic challenger Andy Kim on Wednesday, resulting in a near-wipeout for the GOP in the state, The Associated Press reported.

With MacArthur's loss, Democrats successfully flipped four Republican seats in New Jersey in the midterm elections this year, some of which had been held by the GOP for decades. 

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Come January, there will only be one Republican congressman from New Jersey — Rep. Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithUS has made a genuine response to the plight of Iraq’s persecuted religious minorities Charities fear hit from Trump tax law during holidays Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP MORE, who easily won reelection in a Republican-friendly district. 

MacArthur's race was considered a toss-up, though President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE won the district by 6 points in 2016. 

Kim, a former national security official, said he was inspired to run because of MacArthur’s role in helping House Republicans pass a bill that would have repealed and replaced ObamaCare.

Viral videos from a MacArthur town hall last year foreshadowed what was to come: angry voters berated him for authoring an amendment that helped Republicans secure the votes necessary to get the bill through the House.

MacArthur also faced criticism for being the only New Jersey Republican to vote for the GOP's tax bill, which capped state and local tax deductions at $10,000. 

New Jersey, which has some of the highest property taxes in the country, is one of the states that benefited most from unlimited deductions on state and local taxes.