Democrat Congressman Donald Norcross wins re-election in New Jersey

Donald Norcross shown after his primary election win in June 2016. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Donald Norcross shown after his primary election win in June 2016. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Democratic Congressman Donald Norcross has defeated Republican Bob Patterson in New Jersey’s 1st District House race.

Norcross won in the heavily Democratic district that includes the city of Camden as well as other parts of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.

Norcross first won a special election to Congress in 2014 to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Robert Andrews.

An electrician, union representative and former state legislator, Norcross is also the brother of influential Democratic Party power broker and insurance executive George Norcross.

Norcross survived a primary challenge from Bernie Sanders supporter Alex Law in June, though the election ultimately was not close.

Patterson is a one-time aide to former Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

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