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CBS News projects that Rep. Andy Kim has won the Democratic New Jersey Senate primary for the seat held by federally indicted Sen. Bob Menendez. He is projected to face Republican businessman Curtis Bashaw in November.

With 32% of the vote counted, Kim was leading the next closest challenger, union organizer Patricia Campos Medina, by a margin of 78% to 14%, with activist Larry Hamm trailing in third with 7%. The latest election results can be found on CBS New York’s results page.

“When I jumped in the day after the indictment of Senator Menendez, it was about giving the people of New Jersey a choice, but ultimately what that really resembled was we needed to give the people of New Jersey a fair choice, and for a while in this primary, that was not something that the people were able to get,” Kim said Tuesday night after his projected win.

Despite his ongoing bribery trial, Menendez told CBS New York’s Christine Sloan on Monday that he had turned in more than 2,000 signatures to have his name placed on the November ballot to run as an independent.

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