New Jersey’s coastal 2nd District, anchored in the Atlantic City region, had been in Republican hands for 24 years in the person of Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor) until last year. The Congressman’s retirement led to Democratic state Sen. Jeff Van Drew having a relatively easy run to replace Mr. LoBiondo, though his victory margin against weak Republican nominee Seth Grossman was lower than expected: 53-45%.
This year, the competition already appears stronger. Venture capitalist David Richter (R) announced his congressional candidacy yesterday in a seat that President Trump carried, 51-46%. With Mr. Trump again on the 2020 ballot, this race could become much more competitive than last year.
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