An interesting article that was published on vice.com looks back at the Democratic campaign strategy in the 2016 Presidential Election. Hillary Clinton has been criticized for not focussing on states captured in the Obama coalition, and instead she tried to win votes in states that had been traditionally red for years. While this strategy cost her the election, it should be noted that her efforts were not completely in vain, and she did indeed claim victory in districts where Obama failed to score or where Democrats have never seen the light of day during a Presidential election. And here's where Hunterdon County comes into the picture and why the Congressional District 7 (CD7) Election is so important. Hillary Clinton took Hunterdon County in 2016, where Obama failed in both 2008 and 2012. So who we in Hunterdon County along with the rest of CD7 support, can have the favorable outcome we desperately need in Congress.
CD7 covers all of Hunterdon County as well as sections of Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union and Warren Counties. (click here for a list of communities within our congressional district) While this region has traditionally leaned towards the right, Trump has appeared to have lessened the GOP stronghold. There are six CD7 Democratic Candidates and it is important that we get to know the candidates so that we can nominate the person who we believe can take on Lance and WIN next November. (See Introducing 2018 CD7 Candidates)
The NJ Primary election takes place on June 5, 2018 and Leonard Lance's seat is up for re-election. He won his last primary with only 53% of the GOP votes showing some vulnerability, especially when running against one candidate with little funding and the other almost a complete unknown.
This is why Democrats in the CD7 District need to mindfully select a candidate that can beat Lance.