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In N.J., Republicans outpace Democrats in new voters by 9-1 margin since November

GOP registration edge in NJ-7 expands, but other House primaries didn’t hurt Democratic advantage

By David Wildstein, July 05 2022 12:03 am

New Jersey added 29,809 Republicans and 23,009 Democrats since the June 7 primary election, with the state adding 6,094 more voters.  The number of unaffiliated voters dropped by 46,583 during the same time period, according to tallies released by the New Jersey Division of Elections.

The state has 1,011,196 more Democrats than Republicans, which represents a 5.5% decrease of the Democratic registration edge of 1,070,292 in November 2021.

The total number of Republicans in New Jersey since the last presidential election has increased by 76,063, while the total number of Democrats has gone up by just 8,169.

The 7th congressional district now has 18,170 more Republicans than Democrats since the primary, up 1,397 Republicans in the newly-drawn district.   GOP registration is up by 4,289, while the number of Democrats increased by 2,892.  Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) faces Republican challenger Tom Kean, Jr., the former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate.

But not all competitive congressional primaries showed significant Republican registration gains in closely-watched districts.

Despite a hotly-contested congressional primary in the 5th district, the Democratic registration edge remained virtually the same.  Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) came out of the primary with a district that has 56,897 more Democrats than Republicans, a small drop from the 57,527 Democrats edge on primary day.  Gottheimer faces Republican Frank Pallotta, who narrowly won the Republican primary.

In the 3rd district, where Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) is defending his seat against Republican Bob Healey, Jr., a fierce GOP primary lessened the Democratic registration edge by just 412 voters, from 62,718 to 62,306.

Also  showing relatively little change is the 11th district, where Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) faces the upset winner of the Republican primary,  Paul DeGroot, a former assistant Passaic County Prosecutor.   The 11th has 60,790 more Democrats than Republicans; on primary day, the edge was 60,917, just 127 fewer than it is now.

New Jersey’s electorate is now 39.2% Democratic, 23.6% Republican, and 35.9% unaffiliated, with 1.2% of voters belonging to one of seven minor political parties.

On Election Day 2020, the state was 38.9% Democratic, 22.3% Republican, and 37.6% unaffiliated.

The state had 863,549 more Democrats than Republicans on Election Day 2016, and 367,205 more Democrats than Republicans in 1992.

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