Newark City Council President Donald Payne Jr. has won the Democratic nomination to succeed his late father in New Jersey's Newark-based 10th Congressional District.
The Associated Press called the primary for Payne at about 10 p.m. With 79 percent of precincts reporting, Payne led Newark Councilman Ronald Rice 60 percent to 20 percent, with four other candidates splitting the remainder of the vote.
Payne had the support of the Essex County Democratic machine, which rallied around him after his father, the late Rep. Donald Payne Sr., passed away in March. Rice was already running a primary campaign against the elder Payne, and he won the Newark Star-Ledger's endorsement as he continued campaigning against Donald Payne Jr. But Payne's institutional support was too strong for Rice to overcome, and Payne is now all but guaranteed to succeed his father in the heavily Democratic district.
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