In the 1st legislative district, where Republicans hope to pick up a State Senate seat now that Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) has departed for Washington, the GOP has maintained their edge in voter registration.
The district has 3,444 more Republicans than Democrats, according to the state Division of Elections. The 1st has added 1,061 new Democrats and 699 new Republicans since the 2017 general election; since the district was drawn in 2011, 6,577 new Democrats and 3,594 new Republicans were added.
After Van Drew resigned from the Senate to take his seat in Congress, Democrats picked Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) to succeed him. Andrzejczak now faces Cumberland County GOP chairman Michael Testa, Jr. in a November special election for the unexpired term.
Democrats have held the Senate seat since Van Drew ousted Republican incumbent Nicholas Asselta (R-Vineland) in 2007.
Republicans are running Lower Township mayor Erik Simonsen and Ocean City councilman Antwan McClellan for Assembly against incumbents Bruce Land (D-Vineland) and Matthew Milam (D-Vineland).
Milam served in the Assembly from 2008 until his resignation in 2013.
Andrzejczak was Milam’s replacement. He was elected to a full term in the Assembly in 2013, but his running mate, Nelson Albano (D-Vineland) lost his bid for re-election to Republican Samuel Fiocchi (R-Vineland). Fiocchi was ousted two years later by Land.
The district includes all of Cape May, part of Cumberland, and three towns in Atlantic.
Donald Trump won 55% in the 1st district in 2016. Republicans have a slight advantage in voter registration – 44,004 to 40,159, with 62,695 unaffiliated voters. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin carried Cape May County with 61% and is ahead in Cumberland by 73 votes.