Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 6, 2024

Deceased Democrat Clinches NJ Primary Slot Unopposed

New Jersey Congressman Ronald Payne Jr. posthumously won his uncontested primary bid to retain his congressional seat for the 10th district. 

According to The Post Millenial, Ronald Payne Jr., a Democrat representing New Jersey's 10th district, died in April at the age of 65 due to a heart attack.

He was a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus and had no opponents in the Democratic primary for his congressional seat. Following his death, a special election will be held on July 16 to elect a new representative.

The filing deadline for the primary ballot was in March, before Payne's untimely death. Because of this, Payne remained the sole Democratic candidate on the ticket, ultimately winning the primary posthumously.

A Legacy Spanning Generations

Payne had held his seat since 2012, continuing a family legacy after succeeding his father, who represented the district for 20 years until his own passing while in office. The district includes Newark, Hudson, Union, and Essex counties and has been a Democratic stronghold since 1947.

In response to Payne's death, a special election is scheduled for July 16. This election aims to fill his now-vacant seat, with about a dozen Democrats vying for the position. Republican Carmen Bucco has secured the GOP nomination for the 10th district and will face the eventual Democratic nominee in the general election.

Other Election Results

In addition to the special election, other primaries were held in New Jersey. In the GOP presidential race, former President Donald Trump ran unopposed. Incumbent President Joe Biden received Democratic support, though there were 41,461 ballots cast for "uncommitted" delegates in a stance related to opposition against Israel.

At the state level, Andy Kim emerged victorious in the Democratic primary for a New Jersey Senate seat. On the Republican side, Curtis Bashaw won the GOP primary for the same position.

The special election to replace Payne is set to draw significant interest, given the district's historical importance and continuous Democratic representation. The multitude of candidates reflects the district's vibrant political environment and its importance to the Democratic party.

Vigorous Race Ahead

Payne's death leaves a significant gap in the 10th district's leadership. Subsequent candidates will have to match his service, which was marked by community engagement and political acumen.

The special election promises a vigorous race, with about a dozen Democrats already in the running for Payne's seat. Historically, the district has consistently leaned Democratic, making the Democratic primary particularly competitive.

The special election on July 16 will determine who will take over the reins in a district that has seen Democratic leadership since 1947. With a dozen candidates aiming for the position, the 10th district remains a significant political prize.

This election will not only fill Payne's seat but possibly shape the course of future policies in Newark and the surrounding counties. As constituents prepare to vote, the legacy of Ronald Payne Jr. remains a central theme in the upcoming election.

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