Democratic Party leaders had long believed that state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May) would match up well in a race against veteran Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor City), but the former wouldn’t challenge the incumbent. Now that Mr. LoBiondo has announced his retirement from Congress, Sen. Van Drew believes his time to run for federal office has arrived. He announced for the seat yesterday, and will certainly be a viable candidate to attempt a Democratic conversion of this southern New Jersey district that has been in Republican hands since the beginning of 1995. So far, no Republican has yet entered the race. Sen. Van Drew was just re-elected to a fourth term in his current position, after serving three terms in the state Assembly. This seat now becomes a top Democratic conversion opportunity and will be rated as a Toss-up.
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