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Donald Payne Jr. Wins US House Primary In Bid To Succeed Father

Donald Payne Jr. (credit: CI.Newark.NJ.US)

Donald Payne Jr. (credit: CI.Newark.NJ.US)

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) —  New Jerseyans headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the Garden State’s primary election.

Donald Payne Jr. defeated five other challengers in the Democratic primary for New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District seat.

SEE: Full List Of 2012 NJ Primary Results

Donald Payne Jr. is the Newark City Council president and an Essex County officeholder. He had the party’s endorsement in Essex County, which makes up the biggest portion of the district.

Payne also won a special election for the remainder of his father’s unexpired term

Meanwhile, Republican state Sen. Joe Kyrillos will face off in November against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.

Menendez faced no opposition for his party’s nomination for a second six-year term. And Kyrillos, of Monmouth County, defeated three little-known challengers.

A Quinnipiac University poll taken in May showed Menendez with a 10-point lead over Kyrillos. The poll also found 25 percent have a negative opinion of the incumbent, but 75 percent say they don’t know the challenger.

Bill Pascrell defeated fellow Democrat Steve Rothman in their fight for the redrawn 9th Congressional District seat Tuesday night.

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