Primary elections were held across the country Tuesday. Here are the results:
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell won a hard-fought battle of incumbents, besting fellow congressman Steve Rothman in the Democratic primary in New Jersey's newly drawn 9th district. With 90 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Pascrell had 64 percent of the vote in the district, which includes portions of Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties. In a concession speech, Rothman called Pascrell his friend and said he would help the Democratic ticket in November. The two ended up in a rare incumbent vs. Incumbent campaign because districts were redrawn this year. The winner is almost certain to prevail in November in the heavily Democratic district. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach won the Republican nomination. The rabbi is a TV personality who authored the book "Kosher Sex" and was a onetime spiritual adviser to Michael Jackson.
The widow of New Jersey's former Assembly Republican leader, Alex DeCroce, has won her party's primary in the 26th legislative district. Betty Lou DeCroce will now face Democrat Joseph Raich, who ran unopposed, in November. In another special election primary for an unexpired term, Democrats in the 16th District on Tuesday chose Marie Corfield to face Republican Donna Simon in November.
New Jersey's new GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate is wasting little time in attacking incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez. State Sen. Joe Kyrillos is calling Menendez a "mediocre senator" after easily defeating three little-known challengers in Tuesday's Republican primary. enendez, who is seeking his second term, asked that they discuss their differences in an "honorable way."
Democrats chose Donald Payne Jr., Newark's City Council president, to serve out the rest of his late father's term and to be the Democrats' candidate this fall in the heavily Democratic district.
In the presidential race, Mitt Romney won the California Republican presidential primary, completing a sweep of contests in five states. Romney also won presidential primaries Tuesday in New Jersey, South Dakota, New Mexico and Montana.
The victories add to a delegate total that already exceeds the number needed to win the nomination. Romney has 1,398 delegates. He needs 1,144 to win the Republican nomination at the party's national convention in August.
Romney will take on Democrat Barack Obama in the fall.
A total of 264 delegates are at stake in Tuesday's contests -- including 169 in California -- and Romney has a chance to win them all.
After Tuesday, only one Republican presidential primary remains, in Utah on June 26.
June 19 is National Dine Out Day. Restaurants and vendors across the country are contributing a percentage of their revenues for the day to the NJ Relief Fund to benefit Superstorm Sandy victims.
One bird may have been responsible for several hundred Hoboken residents losing power.
One bird may have been responsible for several hundred Hoboken residents losing power. A spokeswoman for Public Service Electric & Gas says the bird touched a transformer on Clinton Street near Columbus Park Wednesday morning.