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New Jersey's governor is setting a July primary and a special election in September to fill Payne's House seat

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday called a July primary and September general election to fill the U.S. House seat based in Newark that was left open after the recent death of Rep. Donald Payne Jr. became vacant.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday called a July primary and September general election to fill the U.S. House seat based in Newark that was left open after the recent death of Rep. Donald Payne Jr. became vacant.

Murphy signed a writ of election required by state law. The July 16 primary will take place about a month after the state's regular June 4 primary, followed by the Sept. 18 general election.

The special election will decide who serves the remainder of Payne's term, which ends Jan. 3, 2025, while the parallel regular election process will decide who fills the seat after that.

It's not yet clear who will run in the heavily Democratic and majority-black district, which is unlikely since the number of registered Republicans is more than 6 to 1.

Payne had already filed paperwork to seek re-election this year and is expected to appear uncontested on the ballot for the regular June 4 primary. If he wins the nomination, Democratic Party committee members in his district could choose a replacement for the November general election.

Payne, who died April 24 of a heart attack related to complications from diabetes, had served in the House since 2012.

He succeeded his father, Donald Milford Payne, who held the seat for two decades and also died while a sitting congressman.

The Associated Press

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