SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents, along with fellow citizens in the state of New Jersey, took to the polls for the June 7th Republican and Democratic Primaries.
Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders vied for votes on the Democratic side. Donald Trump, running virtually unopposed as the Republican presumptive nominee, competed against Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich whose names remained on the ballot although their campaigns have been suspended.
142 delegates were at stake in New Jersey for the Democratic candidates and 51 were available on the GOP side.
Democratic New Jerseyans selected Clinton, who won the with approximately 64% of the vote to Sanders' 36%. New Jersey proved to be a monumental win for Clinton as she now has become the presumptive Democratic nominee over Sanders. Clinton hopes to become the first female nominee of a major political party in American history at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.
The 11th Congressional district of New Jersey, where Scotch Plains and Fanwood vote, favored Clinton about 70%-30%. In Scotch Plains, Clinton won in raw votes 2,053-1,045 over Sanders. Fanwood saw Clinton win 568-392 in raw votes.
The GOP frontrunner Donald Trump won New Jersey overwhelmingly with about 80% of the votes and all 51 delegates while running on the ballot against John Kasich (13.3%) and Ted Cruz (6.1%), though is largely viewed as the unopposed party nominee. Trump is estimated to have 1,361 delegates, in which he passed the party threshold of 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination. By early accounts, Trump won Union County with more than 75% of the Republican vote.
Bonnie Watson Coleman, running for House of Representatives in New Jersey (D), won against Alexander Kucsma with 91.46% of the vote. Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, running for reelection, won the Democratic primary unopposed. He is set to face Republican primary winner Al Smith in November. Theodore "Ted" Spera (R) won for Scotch Plains Township Council and will run against Luisa Bianco (D) for the position on Election Day. Katherine Mitchell and Tom Kranz ran unopposed as Democratic candidates for the Fanwood Council.
States that also held primaries on Tuesday included New Mexico, California, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Clinton has won New Mexico and South Dakota, in addition to New Jersey. Sanders has been declared the winner for North Dakota. California and Montana are still to be called.
Trump is expected to win all six Republican primary states that voted on June 7.
Washington D.C. concludes the primary season next week on June 14.