In an upset victory, former United Nation staffer Christine Conforti won the Democratic organization line for Congress in Mercer County, defeating Stephanie Schmid and David Applefield in the race to pick an opponent for Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton).
Conforti won 45-35, with one vote going to Applefield.
Since Schmid was able to hit the 40% threshold, under party rules she will also be listed on the Mercer line.
The 31-year-old Conforti had been widely underestimated in race between Schmid and Applefield, who have raised significantly more money and accumulated more endorsements.
Mercer County makes up about 15% of the Democratic primary vote in New Jersey’s 4th district. Monmouth holds their convention later this month, and Ocean has still not endorsed.
One Democrat suggested that Schmid might have been hurt by her recent endorsement of Mike Bloomberg for the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg dropped out of the race this morning after winning only America Samoa in Tuesday’s primary elections.