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Primary Day in New Jersey

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By ANGELA DELLI SANTI

Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Polls are open for New Jersey's special primary to pick the candidates who will run to fill the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

Turnout is expected to be exceptionally low in this unprecedented mid-August election, when many people are on vacation.

The four Democrats and two Republicans who are seeking their parties' nominations also face the task of getting voters to turn out in the rain.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Congressman Rush Holt, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver are running on the Democratic side.

Two-time gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan and Dr. Alieta Eck are the Republican candidates.

Polls close at 8 p.m.

Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan have led the polls.

The winners will square off in an Oct. 16 special election, with the winner headed to Washington for the remaining 15 months of Lautenberg's term.

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