“Frankly a lot of money and a lot of power was used against me, to remove me from my chair in a tough year,” said Van Drew in a speech to supporters at the end. On Tuesday, his campaign manager, Ron Filan, was reportedly a victory statement.
“But the truth is we believed,” he added. “We believed in America we know, America we love, America we know is this wonderful place.”
Mr. Van Drew was able to overcome the stigma of partisan transition, fueled by Mr. Trump’s passionate embrace in a district the president won about five points in 2016. Comparative results for Mr. Trump in the county this year did not have.
In another close South Jersey congressional election, Representative Andy Kim, a first-term Democrat, defeated David Richter, a wealthy Republican businessman who similarly self-mockery of Mr. Trump during the campaign.
Representative Tom Malinowski, a first-term Democrat, like Kim, elected two years ago in a blue wave of alignment against Mr. Trump, defeated Thomas Kean Jr., the minority leader of the group. State Senate.
In other races, Representative Mikie Sherrill, a first-term Democrat and former Navy helicopter pilot, defeated Rosemary Becchi, a tax attorney, and US Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat, has been re-elected in the race against Republican candidate, Rik Mehta, a biotechnology entrepreneur.
Elections in New Jersey are mainly by mail and deliver the turnout rate that Governor Philip D. Murphy said on Thursday will exceed four million and is the highest in history. state.