Look for a possible upset in northwestern New Jersey: sources say that State Sen. Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan) is trailing Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Oxford) in the race for the GOP State Senate nomination in District 23, according to Karrow’s internal polling. This would be a stunning comeback for Doherty, who won just 42% against Karrow in a January special election convention after Leonard Lance resigned to take his seat in Congress.
This could mean an all-Warren County delegation in the Hunterdon-majority district, if Doherty’s running mate and Chief of Staff, Edward Smith, wins the State Assembly primary over Hunterdon Freeholder Erik Peterson. The other incumbent is John DiMaio (R-Hackettstown), who won a special election convention earlier this year to take Karrow’s Assembly seat. If that happens, it would be the first time in state history that Hunterdon County doesn’t send a legislator to Trenton.