In a race between two millennial candidates, Christian Onuoha scored a landslide 84% victory to win the Monmouth County Republican organization line in his bid to take on Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) in New Jersey’s 6th district.
The 27-year-old Onuoha defeated Sammy Gindi, a 25-year-old entrepreneur from West Long Branch by a 49 to 9 vote.
Gindi told the New Jersey Globe on Friday that he planned to run in the June primary regardless of the convention outcome.
The race against Pallone, 68, is an uphill one. The chairman of the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee was re-elected with 64% in 2018 and has held the seat since 1988.
Onuoha, whose parents were Nigerian immigrants, challenged Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin last year and lost by a 2-1 margin in a district that is overwhelmingly Democratic.
He is expected to be the choice of Middlesex County Republicans when they hold their convention next month.