NJ voters choosing major party nominees for 80 General Assembly races

Voters are still finalizing their picks in the primary, but this fall’s main event is already coming into focus.

The polls close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and just five of the state’s 40 legislative districts feature competitive races.

That mirrors roughly the number of competitive races experts say they expect on Nov. 3 when voters will elect a new General Assembly.

The Assembly is atop the ticket for the first time since 1999 for the first time in 16 years because of a quirk in term lengths.

At stake for Democrats is the opportunity to build on their majority. They control 48 of 80 seats. Republicans have a chance to capture the majority for the first time since 2001, though, analysts that would be a difficult.

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