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Dead Congressman Wins Democratic Primary

By  Daniel Chaitin

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) won the Democratic Party’s primary in New Jersey on Tuesday, a little more than a month after he died at the age of 65 following a heart attack.

The late congressman appeared as the sole House candidate for the 10th Congressional District on the primary ballot, although voters can submit a “Write-In” alternative. Carmen Bucco won the Republican primary, though he is considered a long shot in the blue district.

County officials from the Democratic Party are expected to call a convention before August and pick someone else to be their nominee for the November election after the primary results are certified on June 17, according to the New Jersey Globe.

The report noted that a special election to determine who will serve the remainder of Payne’s term is also underway. A primary in that contest is set for July 16, followed by a September 18 general election. At least a dozen people, including 11 Democrats and Bucco, are running in that race.

Payne, a six-term congressman, suffered a heart attack on April 6, resulting in hospitalization. A couple of weeks later, on April 24, officials announced Payne had died. He had been running for another two-year term in the House, and his name was already printed on ballots for the primary before his passing.

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