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Policy expert Bell wins GOP US Senate race in NJ

Published On: Jun 04 2014 01:55:47 PM EDT

NJ primary results in

New Jersey voters took to the polls Tuesday in the state's primary election.

The state will have a female representative in Congress for the first time in years... after handing victories to two women running in 12th district party primaries.Former Washington policy analyst Jeff Bell has won a tight race for the GOP Senate nomination in New Jersey.

He narrowly defeated computer consultant Richard Pezzullo on Tuesday. Pezzullo has scheduled a news conference in Freehold today after saying last night he would not concede until all provisional, mail-in and military ballots are counted.

The other two Republicans running in the low-budget primary were concrete contractor Brian Goldberg and business professor Murray Sabrin.

Bell will face incumbent Democrat Cory Booker in the fall. Booker is considered a heavy favorite.

The last Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey was Clifford Case, who served four terms before losing a primary in 1978. Bell was the candidate who defeated him.