Josh Duvall has dropped his challenge to Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) in New Jersey’s 1st district, accusing local Republican leaders of refusing to welcome Democrats and unaffiliated voters who don’t support President Donald Trump.
“Instead of engaging the 85% of non-republican voters in this district with common sense ideas, the party approach has been to attack and disparage anyone who doesn’t support every word and decision of President Trump,” Duvall said. “Instead of talking about issues and solutions, we’ve reduced our ‘outreach’ to name calling and posting Trump memes on social media.”
Former Collingswood school board member Claire Gustafson entered the race last month and quickly won the endorsement of the Burlington County Republican organization, an indication that the GOP establishment was not backing Duvall.
“As the minority party in South Jersey, we must reach out to traditional Democrats and Independent voters who feel left behind by today’s radical far-left agenda driven Progressive Democrat party, not push them away,” Duvall said. “We must have a big tent party that is welcoming to people from all walks of life who have come to the realization that this upcoming election represents a choice between individual freedom or government run socialism.”
Duvall was a candidate for Cherry Hill Councilman in 2018, but dropped out of the race after the GOP primary to run for Conrgess.
The 1st district has 239,768 Democrats and 88,714 Republicans. Norcross won re-election in 208 with 64% of the vote.