The Hill's Campaign Report: Primary Day in New Jersey

The Hill's Campaign Report: Primary Day in New Jersey
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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail. 




New Jersey voters are taking part in the state’s primary elections, which include a number of contentious races. 

In the Garden State’s 2nd District, Democrats Amy Kennedy and Brigid Callahan Harrison are battling it out for the chance to compete against Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' Sunday shows preview: White House, Democratic leaders struggle for deal on coronavirus bill Democrats look to go on offense in debate over reopening schools MORE

Harrison, a political science professor and pundit, announced she was running for office last year after she wrote an op-ed criticizing Van Drew for his decision to oppose impeachment efforts against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE. Kennedy is a former teacher and mental health advocate and the wife of former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D). 

There hasn’t been much polling in the race, but the campaign has divided New Jersey’s political scene. Harrison has endorsements from New Jersey's Democratic Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Ex-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets MORE and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezVOA visa decision could hobble Venezuela coverage Bottom line Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads MORE, along with Jersey political power broker George Norcross. Kennedy, on the other hand, has the support of Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day MORE (D-N.J.). 

Meanwhile, in the 3rd District, the Republican battle to face off against first-term Democratic Rep. Andy Kim is heating up. Former Hill International CEO David Richter is competing against former construction union official Kate Gibbs. The race has featured a number of personal attacks between the two candidates. 

Whoever wins the primary will likely face a touch race against Kim in the district, which the nonpartisan Cook Political rates as a “toss-up.” Trump won the 3rd District in 2016 by 6 points.


A number of Democratic incumbents are hoping to fend off progressive challengers on Tuesday: Reps. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Florida's coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention New Jersey Rep. Gottheimer wins House primary New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries MORE in the 5th District, Albio SiresAlbio B. SiresWe can't lose sight of Ortega's abuses in Nicaragua Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell wins Democratic primary MORE in the 8th District, Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James Pascrell'This already exists': Democrats seize on potential Trump executive order on preexisting conditions Lawmakers urge administration to remove tariffs on European wine and spirits amid coronavirus pandemic The Hill's Campaign Report: Florida's coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention MORE in the 9th District, Bonnie Watson ColemanBonnie Watson ColemanNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman wins Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Primary Day in New Jersey MORE in the 12th District and Frank Pallone in the 6th District. 

While these incumbents will likely prevail in their races, Sires has received attention in his race against progressive Hector Oseguera. Sires, who has served in Congress for 14 years, has coasted to reelection in the past. However, his campaign has gone negative against Oseguera, raising questions about how threatened he is by the progressive. 

--Julia Manchester 

Read More: 

What to watch in New Jersey's primaries on Tuesday by Julia

Democrats fight it out to challenge top target Van Drew by Julia



President Trump waded anew into racial controversy, including criticizing NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag at its events. The tweet was the latest example of how hard Trump has leaned into racial politics as his poll ratings have slid during the coronavirus crisis. Niall Stanage reports. Trump’s attacks on cultural issues has some Republicans on the defensive ahead of November, writes Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels.

Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline Trump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary MORE (R-Tenn.) said on Tuesday that he will not attend his party's national convention next month, becoming the second GOP senator to announce they will skip the event. Sen. Charles GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump puts trade back on 2020 agenda McConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill GOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe MORE (R-Iowa) has said he will not go because of the coronavirus. Jordain Carney reports.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore HuffPost reporter: Biden's VP shortlist doesn't suggest progressive economic policies Jill Biden says she plans to continue teaching if she becomes first lady MORE released a plan on Tuesday to ensure the U.S. doesn’t face shortages of critical products, especially medical equipment, that could be needed during a crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic. Alex Gangitano reports.

Biden’s campaign on Tuesday added two top Democratic aides to head his campaign operations in Pennsylvania, a critical swing state in November's general election. Biden will head back to Pennsylvania on Thursday. Marty Johnson reports.



Tom Klingenstein: Republicans need to unite in defense of American culture.

Mark P. Jones: How George Floyd will impact the Texas Democratic Senate runoff.



Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox fended off former Gov. Jon Huntsman in the Republican primary race to succeed Gov. Gary Herbert, delivering a blow to one of the state’s most prominent political heavyweights. The Associated Press (AP) called the race for Cox on Monday, nearly a week after the June 30 primary. The Hill’s Max Greenwood and Tal Axelrod report.




Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison’s campaign to unseat Sen. Lindsay Graham (R) in South Carolina pulled in nearly $14 million in the second quarter of the year, setting a statewide fundraising record in the process. Max reports.



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