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Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman at the groundbreaking for the Portal North Bridge in August 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Watson Coleman wins re-election in 12th congressional district

Congresswoman beats Republican Darius Mayfield after sleepy campaign

By Joey Fox, November 08 2022 9:37 pm

The New Jersey Globe projects that Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) has won re-election, defeating Republican Darius Mayfield in the 12th congressional district.

The daughter of the late Assemblyman John Watson (D-Trenton) and a former assemblywoman herself, Watson Coleman first won the 12th district in 2014 after defeating several other prominent Democrats in the primary. Her win made her the first woman of color to represent New Jersey in Congress, and for four years she was the only woman in the state’s congressional delegation.

The 12th district, which was left mostly unchanged by congressional redistricting, is the most diverse and Democratic-leaning in the state outside of urban North Jersey; it would have voted for Joe Biden by 34 points and for Gov. Phil Murphy by 23.

This year’s campaign was free of any real intrigue. Watson Coleman and Mayfield, an auto salesman, were unopposed in their respective primaries, and no one from either side thought there was any chance the race would be close.

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