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Republican Rep Jeff Van Drew defends New Jersey second congressional district seat

Mary Rose Corkery, DCNF

Republican New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who switched party affiliations and voted against President Donald Trump’s impeachment has won another term in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District.

The Associated Press called the race for Van Drew Friday over Democratic congressional candidate Amy Kennedy. The majority of polls showed Kennedy leading Van Drew headed into the election, according to Five Thirty Eight.

Van Drew gathered 51.5% of the vote and Kennedy had 46.9% when the AP called the race, The New York Times reported.

New Jersey’s Second Congressional District was the last race to get called and two of the state’s districts had Republican winners, The New York Times reported. Van Drew, who received President Donald Trump’s endorsement, won the primary against Republican congressional candidate Robert Patterson, according to another New York Times report.

Van Drew switched from being a Democrat to a Republican in December 2019 and was one of three Democrats that voted against Trump’s impeachment.

Van Drew’s office and Kennedy’s campaign did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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