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Congressional candidates from New Jersey's 2nd district: Amy Kennedy, left, and Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).

Cook Political Report moves NJ-2 to ‘Toss-Up’

Van Drew seat had been ‘Leans Republican’

By David Wildstein, August 14 2020 10:38 am

On the heels of two Democratic internal polls that show a close race between Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) and challenger Amy Kennedy, the Cook Political Report has moved New Jersey’s 2nd district from Leans Republican to Toss-Up.

“Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s Senate bid may be in some trouble, but Democratic teacher Amy Kennedy (who is married to former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy) is building a head of steam in South Jersey,” the Cook report stated. “Now, a new poll by Global Strategy Group for House Majority PAC shows Kennedy leading the party-switching Van Drew 46 percent to 45 percent. This blue-collar seat voted for Trump 51 percent to 46 percent in 2016, and Trump embraced Van Drew after he voted against impeachment and switched parties. But now Biden is running neck and neck here and Van Drew may be paying a price”

In the 11th district, the Cook Report has shifted Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) from Likely Democratic to Safe Democratic.

The Cook Political Report is one of the leading non-partisan analysts of federal races.  They currently have the 3rd district contest between Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and Republican David Richter as a Toss-Up.   Cook puts the 7th district, where Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) faces Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr., as Leans Democratic.

The House Race editor for Cook Political Report is David Wasserman, a New Jersey native who is considered one of the top congressional race forecasters in the nation.  Wasserman first came to notice as a high school student nearly 20 years ago when he drew redistricting maps for PoliticsNJ, then the state’s dominant source of political news.

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