New Jersey

Policy expert Bell wins GOP US Senate race in NJ

NJ primary results in

New Jersey voters took to the polls Tuesday in the state's primary election.

The state will have a female representative in Congress for the first time in years... after handing victories to two women running in 12th district party primaries.Former Washington policy analyst Jeff Bell has won a tight race for the GOP Senate nomination in New Jersey.

He narrowly defeated computer consultant Richard Pezzullo on Tuesday. Pezzullo has scheduled a news conference in Freehold today after saying last night he would not concede until all provisional, mail-in and military ballots are counted.

The other two Republicans running in the low-budget primary were concrete contractor Brian Goldberg and business professor Murray Sabrin.

Bell will face incumbent Democrat Cory Booker in the fall. Booker is considered a heavy favorite.

The last Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey was Clifford Case, who served four terms before losing a primary in 1978. Bell was the candidate who defeated him.

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