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New Jersey 7th District

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Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance (R)

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Linda Stender

Linda Stender (D)

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New Jersey Snapshot

RCP House Ranking: Toss Up

Senate Race: Lautenberg (D) vs. Zimmer (R)*
Presidential Race: Obama (D) vs. McCain (R)
Competitive House Races: NJ-3 | NJ-7

Key 2006 State Races:

2004 President: Kerry (D) vs. Bush (R)

Polling Data

PollDateSampleLance (R)Stender (D)Spread
Monmouth/Gannett9/30 - 10/2410 LV4339Lance +4

Race Summary

President Bush barely won Rep. Mike Ferguson's district, stretching from suburban New York to the Pennsylvania border, and Ferguson came surprisingly close to losing himself. National Democrats are excited for -- and spending money on -- a second run by State Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D), who has outraised State Senator Leonard Lance (R) by a three-to-one margin.

Previous Election Results

2006: Ferguson (R) 49, Stender (D) 48
2004: Ferguson (R) 57, Brozak (D) 42
2002: Ferguson (R) 58, Carden (D) 41

2004: Bush (R) 53, Kerry (D) 47
2000: Bush (R) 49, Gore (D) 48