Politics

Millennial Challenger Fails to Knock Off New Jersey Democrat

Incumbent Donald Norcross got a late endorsement from President Obama

New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross easily defeated his young challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two-term Democrat Donald Norcross cruised to victory Tuesday night in New Jersey's 1st District.   

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, he bested millennial candidate Alex Law 70 to 30 percent.   

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Law, a political neophyte, raised just $16,000 in the first quarter of this year.  

But his primary challenge got the attention of Norcross, the brother of powerful South Jersey powerbroker, George Norcross III.  

The incumbent had spent nearly $1 million at the end of May's pre-primary Federal Election Commission filing period. The Democratic group, Patriot Majority USA, spent $215,000 on mail boosting his candidacy, and he received a late endorsement from President Barack Obama.  

Law, who was endorsed by The Philadelphia Inquirer , backed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary. But the candidate did not return the favor.   

Contact Pathe at simonepathe@cqrollcall.com and follow her on Twitter at @sfpathe .  

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