Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball has moved a New Jersey incumbent congressman into his “Safe Republican” column.
According to the University of Virginia political scientist, “Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-2), Mike Fitzpatrick (R, PA-8), and Scott Rigell (R, VA-2) occupy the kinds of politically competitive districts that Democrats need to win in order to grab a majority, but this isn’t a good year to convince voters in these places to swap out their moderate GOP incumbents for Democrats.
“This trio of seats moves from Likely Republican to Safe Republican.”
Attorney Bill Hughes, Jr., of Ocean City is challenging LoBiondo for the veteran Republican’s seat.