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OfficeState Senate
Type General Election
Filing Deadline April 01, 2021 - 12:00am Central
Polls Open November 02, 2021 - 05:00am Central
Polls Close November 02, 2021 - 07:00pm Central
Term Start January 11, 2022 - 12:00pm
Term End January 09, 2024 - 12:00pm
ContributorNew Jersey Politico
Last ModifiedNew Jersey Politico June 13, 2021 01:00pm
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Description After moderate republican Kip Bateman narrowly won re-election in 2017 he was hoping his district would have been to been drawn in a more favorable manor for him in 2021. Unfortunately for Bateman the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the redrawing process so he declined to seek re-election.

Democrats fought over who their nominee should be. Somerset Democrat Chair Peg Schaffer wanted a Somerset County resident to get the nomination so democrats would have senatorial courtesy over the county for the first time in over 100 years. Eventually she gave up and backed South Brunswick resident Andrew Zwicker a well liked Assemblyman for the seat.

Demoralized, republicans backed former Congressman Mike Pappas for the seat. Pappas is a skilled campaigner, but it will be nearly impossible for him to over come the democratic trends of a district Joe Biden won with 60% of the vote.
LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won11/07/2017
NameChristopher "Kip" Bateman Votes32,229 (50.45%)
Term01/09/2018 - 01/11/2022 Margin574 (+0.90%)
PRIMARY/OTHER SCHEDULE
Jun 08, 2021 NJ State Senate 16 - R Primary
Michael Pappas
R 11,080
Jun 08, 2021 NJ State Senate 16 - D Primary
Andrew Zwicker
D 10,984
NJ State Senate Districts 2012-2024 MAP
LEANING PREDICTIONS    Detail
Leaning Graph
12/03/2020 10/20/2021
CandidateSlightLeanStrongSafe
Andrew Zwicker 3 3 1 --
Michael Pappas 1 ------
Leaning Call: Andrew Zwicker (92.31%)
Weighted Call: Andrew Zwicker (112.34%)
MATCHUP POLL GRAPH
Poll Graph

06/22/2021 06/24/2021

CANDIDATES
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Name Rep. Michael Pappas St. Rep. Andrew Zwicker (W) Write-In  
PartyRepublican Democratic Nonpartisan  
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Predict Avg.45.50% 54.50% 0.00%  
Cash On Hand $--
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Website [Campaign Site]  
Entry Date 02/17/2021 12/02/2020 04/01/2021  
MATCHUP POLLS (1 from 1 pollsters)
Adj Poll Avg44.00%-- 44.00%-- 0.00%--  
3D Strategic Research 
06/22/21-06/24/21
44.00% -- 44.00% -- 0.00% --
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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Oct 10, 2021 06:00pm News Pappas, fighting Covid, cancels debate with Zwicker on Sunday  Article New Jersey Politico 
Aug 30, 2021 12:00pm News Somerset [NJ] hasn’t elected a Democratic state senator since 1902  Article New Jersey Politico 
Aug 19, 2021 12:05pm News [NJ] LD16 Flashpoint: Former Trump Com. Dir. Spicer to Join Pappas for Campaign Event  Article New Jersey Politico 
Jul 02, 2021 06:00pm News [NJ] GOP brandishes poll showing tie in 16th district Senate race  Article New Jersey Politico 
Jun 15, 2021 04:20pm News Bateman will campaign for [NJ] district 16 Republicans  Article New Jersey Politico 

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