Watson Coleman defeats Greenstein, AP reports

NORTH BRUNSWICK – Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) clinched the Democratic Party’s nomination to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), according to unofficial results.

The Associated Press called the closely-watched Democratic primary for Watson Coleman shortly before 10:30 p.m. She defeated state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) and Princeton scientist Andrew Zwicker.

Coleman garnered 50 percent of the vote (14,276 votes) with more than 83 percent of precincts reporting compared to Greenstein’s 25 percent (7,232 votes) and Upendra Chivukula’s 16.5 percent (4,702). Andrew Zwicker received 8.3 percent with 2,364.

Watson Coleman will now head into the general election against Republican Dr. Alieta Eck in the left-leaning district.

Watson Coleman defeats Greenstein, AP reports