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Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) won the Democrat primary in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District Tuesday night.

However, there’s one problem.

Payne died in April after suffering a heart attack.

UPDATE: Democrat Congressman Passes Away Weeks After Suffering Heart Attack

Payne was running unopposed in the primary, and the deadline had already passed for other candidates to appear on the ballot.

Per CBS News:

The congressman was hospitalized on April 6 after he had “a physical accident” at his home that led to his hospitalization, his office said. During treatment, he experienced “medical complications due to diabetes and high blood pressure that led to subsequent cardiorespiratory arrest.” He died at age 65.

Gov. Phil Murphy has called a special primary election on July 16, and a special general election on Sept. 18 to fill Payne’s seat for the remainder of his term. A dozen candidates — 11 Democrats and one Republican — have filed to run in the special primary election to succeed Payne.

Payne will also need to be replaced on the November ballot for the term beginning in January 2025. The Democratic county chairs in his district can call a convention to pick a nominee, according to the New Jersey Globe. They have until Aug. 29 to name a replacement.

From the Washington Examiner:

Due to New Jersey’s filing rules, the deadline for the 2024 election has already passed, meaning no one will replace Payne in the regular primary on Tuesday.

He served six terms in the House of Representatives, entering Congress after the death of his father, former Rep. Donald Payne Sr., who was New Jersey’s first black representative.

Following Payne’s posthumous win on Tuesday, the Democratic committee members of the 10th District’s areas in Essex, Union, and Hudson counties will meet to select their nominee to replace him on the regular November ballot.

With Payne’s vacant seat in the House, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) had a one-seat majority. That majority will move to two seats later on Monday after Republican Vince Fong is sworn in as the newest GOP representative in the House. Fong won a special election to replace former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.





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