16,799 of CD12’s total 147,975 registered Democrats reside in the Somerset portion of the district.
Retiring U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) of Hopewell drew 12% of his primary vote from the Central Jersey county, which just endorsed Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) of Franklin Twp.
In a June Primary with Mercer’s Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) and state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) of Middlesex, Chivukula is confident of the size of his hometown projecting some support as he finds himself dwarfed by the district’s two bigger counties.
Look at these Holt (a Mercer resident) vote totals from Jun. 2012 Democratic primary:
10,435 – MERCER
7,028 – MIDDLESEX
2,427 – SOMERSET
4,449 – UNION