New Jersey's 10th congressional district special election, 2012

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A special election will be held to fill a vacancy in New Jersey's 10th congressional district caused by the March 6, 2012, death of Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives Donald M. Payne. Payne's son, Donald Payne Jr., won the Democratic Party primary that was held on June 5, 2012. He also won the Democratic primary (held the same day) for the full term beginning in January 2013. He is opposed by independent candidate Joanne Miller.


As a matter of convenience and cost saving, this special election will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled general election on November 6, 2012. Voters will be asked on the November ballot to select two candidates: one to serve the remainder of Payne's term in the 112th Congress, and the other to serve the full 2-year term in the 113th Congress beginning in January 2013.[1]



The following Democratic candidates ran in the special election primary on June 5, 2012:

Democratic Special Election Primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald Payne Jr. 32,951 70.67
Democratic Ronald C. Rice 11,503 24.67
Democratic Wayne Smith 2,175 4.67
Total votes 46,629 100


No Republicans declared their intent to run in the special election for the unexpired term. Brian C. Kelemen is running as the Republican candidate for the full term.


  • Joanne Miller, a teacher from Newark who had run for the seat previously in 2010.[7]


  1. ^ Livingston, Abby (March 30, 2012). "New Jersey: Special Election Dates For Payne Seat Set". Roll Call. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Donald Payne Jr. to seek father's Congressional seat". The Star-Ledger. March 17, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Delli Santi, Angela (March 16, 2012). "Newark Councilman Rice to run for Congress". Associated Press. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Pizarro, Max (March 27, 2012). "Irvington's Mayor Smith gets in CD 10 race". Politicker NJ. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ O'Dea, Colleen (April 4, 2012). "Primary Battles Expose Rift Among NJ Democrats". Teaneck Patch. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Unofficial Primary Election Results: Special Election - US House of Representatives" (PDF). New Jersey Division of Elections. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  7. ^

External links

  • Donald Payne Jr. for Congress
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