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Presidential Politics has Huge Implications in CD2’s Van Drew v. Kennedy

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Earlier this year, before the pandemic pushed the nation into a lockdown, thousands of Trump supporters filled the Wildwood Convention Center in South Jersey, many wearing their trademark red hats, others holding signs saying, “Make America Great Again.”

President Donald Trump was in the 2nd Congressional District where he’d once owned casinos, to give Incumbent Congressman Jeff Van Drew a boost in his Republican primary. Van Drew, a long-time Democrat had switched parties becoming a Republican after his 2018 win, pledging his allegiance to Trump.

Up North, across some of New Jersey’s suburban and urban districts, many watched the rally coverage on TV feeling kind of baffled, wondering how Trump could have so many die-hard supporters down in Jersey’s southern corners.

For the past 28 years, New Jersey’s been predictable when it comes to presidential races, signaling their preference for Democrats in the White House. The last time voters in the Garden State went Blue was back in 1988, when they picked George Herbert Walker Bush for President.

But in South Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, voters have been unpredictable. In 2008, they voted for President Barack Obama, and in 2016, for President Trump.

The Cook Political Report has changed its view of the district, […]

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