For New Jersey Voters, It’s Time To Head to the Polls

TRENTON (AP) -

New Jersey Democrats and Republicans go to the polls Tuesday to pick their party’s candidates for president and in 12 U.S. House races.

The contest comes as Republican candidate Donald Trump has already sewed up the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination, while Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton could have the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination as soon as the results in New Jersey are announced.

She is just 71 delegates shy of the 2,383 needed to win and there are 126 pledged delegates at stake in New Jersey.

The House contests have drawn less attention, mostly because it looks unlikely that any incumbents will lose, but there have been some flashpoints.

Unaffiliated voters can choose a party at their polling place Tuesday to vote in New Jersey’s closed primaries. There are more than 2.6 million unaffiliated voters in the state, compared to 1.8 million Democrats and about 1.1 million Republicans.

Clinton is leading Sen. Bernie Sanders in the state by about 14 points, and has the backing of most of the state’s Democratic congressional delegation, party chairmen in every county, and won the state against Barack Obama in the 2008 primary.