Andy Kim wins New Jer­sey Sen­ate pri­ma­ry in bid to replace Menen­dez

Andy Kim wins New Jersey Senate primary in bid to replace Menendez

Rep. Andy Kim (D‑NJ) won the Demo­c­ra­t­ic pri­ma­ry Tues­day evening for New Jersey’s Sen­ate seat, beat­ing two oppo­nents in a bid to replace embat­tled Sen. Bob Menen­dez (D‑NJ).
The Asso­ci­at­ed Press called the race for Kim at 8:14 p.m., short­ly after the polls closed in the Gar­den State. With only 8% of the bal­lots count­ed, Kim led with near­ly 80% of the vote.
Menen­dez, cur­rent­ly on tri­al in New York for fed­er­al pub­lic cor­rup­tion charges that include bribery and act­ing as a for­eign agent for Egypt and Qatar, did not file to run in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic pri­ma­ry. Fac­ing almost cer­tain defeat against Kim, the third-term sen­a­tor instead filed to run on Mon­day as an inde­pen­dent in the gen­er­al elec­tion by col­lect­ing peti­tion sig­na­tures to appear on the bal­lot.
“It dis­pleas­es me to have to go this route, thanks to overzeal­ous pros­e­cu­tors, bu …