Here’s a look at the prospective candidates for Congress in the 12th District and the concentrations of voter strength, county by county.
It’s a heavily Democratic District, especially since 2011 redistricting.
There are 147,975 registered Democrats in the 12th against 57,679 registered Republicans
State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14)
Middlesex has the most registered voters of any county portion of the 12th District (169,964); and the second most registered number of Democrats. There are 55,777 registered Democrats compared to 27,760 registered Republicans in the Middlesex section of the 12th.
County Executive Brian Hughes of Princeton
State Sen. Shirley Turner (D-15) of Lawrenceville
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) of Trenton
Mercer Clerk Paula Covello
Mercer has the highest number of registered Democrats when pitting the counties head to head in the 12th: 57,175 (compared to 17,749 Republicans). Trenton alone has 32,915 registered Democrats.
Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) of Plainfield
Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-22) of Fanwood
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr
Union has 38,921 registered voters in the 12th: 18,224 Democrats and 5,072 Republicans.
Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) of Franklin Twp.
Dr. Alieta Eck of Somerset (the lone declared Republican in the race)
44,523 registered voters: 16,799 Democrats and 7,098 Republicans.
Rush Holt vote totals – Jun. 2012 Democratic primary
10,435 – MERCER
7,028 – MIDDLESEX
2,427 – SOMERSET
4,449 – UNION
Rush Holt vote totals – Nov. 2012 general
76,115 – MERCER
71,597 – MIDDLESEX
22,576 – SOMERSET
19,650 – UNION