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Rep. Christopher H. Smith (Photo: Rep. Chris Smith).

Smith defeats primary challenger in bid for 21st term

By Nikita Biryukov, July 07 2020 8:55 pm

Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) defeated Primary challenger Alter Richter, clearing him to run for a 21st term in Congress.

“I am deeply grateful to Republican voters for their overwhelming show of support,” Smith said.

The incumbent won with 95% of the vote.

Smith was the lone Republican to survive 2018’s elections. Republicans then lost four of their five seats, though they’ve since gained one back following Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s (R-Dennis) defection to the Republican party.

“So much unfinished business remains — on the environment, healthcare, education, human rights, ensuring a strong military, and much more,” the congressman said. “I am absolutely committed to meeting these challenges.”

Vote tallies do not include uncounted mail-in ballots received by Tuesday, late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday, provisional ballots that won’t be counted for at least a week and mail-in ballots that were disqualified but may be cured at a later date.

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