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Rep. Jeff Van Drew. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Democratic registration lead trends down in CD2

Party’s lead about what it was on Election Day 2018

By Nikita Biryukov, March 03 2020 1:43 pm

Republicans in the second cut slightly into Democrats’ voter registration lead in the second congressional district in February.

The district now has 16,510 more Democrats than Republicans. At the start of February, that lead was a slightly-higher 16,896.

Democrats added 404 to their rolls, while Republicans added 790.

President Donald Trump held a rally in Wildwood to boost Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) on Jan. 27.

Van Drew, who defeated former Atlantic County Freeholder Seth Grossman as a Democrat in 2018, defected to the Republican party in December following backlash from rank-and-file Democrats over his opposition to impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Democrats’ voter registration lead has remained roughly level since Van Drew won his seat that cycle.

On Election Day 2018, the second district had 16,571 more Democrats than Republicans.

A wide field of Democrats are vying to take on Van Drew.

Political science professor Brigid Harrison, former teacher Amy Kennedy and Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett lead that pack.

West Cape May Commissioner John Francis, former Cory Booker staffer Will Cunningham, retired FBI agent Robert Turkavage and perennial candidate Frederick John LaVergne are also seeking the Democratic nod.

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