HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Across New Jersey there was no shortage of drama in Tuesday's Primary elections, with an incumbent senator fighting hard to hold on to his seat and well-financed Democratic campaigns gearing up for a bigger battle in November; the national Democratic Party has targeted New Jersey in an effort to flip districts currently represented by Republicans and ultimately take control of the House of Representatives.
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, acquitted of corruption charges in a high-profile trial earlier this year, faced a stiff challenge from Lisa A. McCormick.
With 67 percent of the vote counted in Somerset County at 11 p.m., McCormick was leading Menendez by a margin of 5,453 to 5,007.
Closer to home in the Seventh Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance, who has served in the House since 2009, faced challenges from Raafat Barsoom and Lindsay Brown. Lance is one of five Republican congressmen targeted by the Democrats.
Tom Malinowski, a former Assistant Secretary of State in the Obama Administration and a member of the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, was favored to win over two other Democrats to challenge Lance in November.