As expected, Republicans gained control of the House tonight in the 2010 midterm elections, but it appears that the Senate will remain in Democratic hands....but the votes are still being counted.
Here in New Jersey 12 of 13 incumbents were re-elected. Only incumbent Democrat John Adler fell to former Philadelphia Eagle Republican challenger Jon Runyan in New Jersey's 3rd District, 50 to 47%. By taking the traditionally Republican district back from the Dems, the GOP had a net gain of one seat in New Jersey.
Two other races that were watched closely in New Jersey were the 6th, where Democratic incumbent Frank Pallone withstood a feisty challenge from Republican/Tea Party candidate Anna Little. His 54-44% victory was initially a nail-biter, with Pallone trailing by double digits until the vote from Democratic strongholds in Union and Middlesex counties was counted.
An even closer race was in my home district, the New Jersey 12th. Rush Holt, the Democratic incumbent, won 52 to 47% with 505 of the 537 precincts counted, defeating GOP challenger Scott Sipprelle. Holt trailed early on by more than 20 points early on, but once again Middlesex and Holt's home county of Mercer came in strong with 52% and 70% respectively.
Holt's people were manning the phones, and had people on the street today to get out the vote. At 7PM tonight my doorbell rang; it was a Democratic worker dropping in to see if I had voted already. I had.
This one was THAT close. Rush Holt and the Dems had to really work for this one.
For a look at the congressional races in New Jersey, click here.
I'll be back with an analysis of the state and national results tomorrow morning.
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