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Race of the Day: MacArthur vs. Belgard in New Jersey

Candidates in New Jersey's contentious and close 3rd Congressional District, Democrat Aimee Belgard, left, and Republican Tom MacArthur, right, appear together to answer questions in joint interview on NJTV with host Marie DeNoia Aronsohn, center, in Trenton, N.J. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Candidates in New Jersey's contentious and close 3rd Congressional District, Democrat Aimee Belgard, left, and Republican Tom MacArthur, right, appear together to answer questions in joint interview on NJTV with host Marie DeNoia Aronsohn, center, in Trenton, N.J. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)Mel Evans / AP

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After a bruising primary against former Senate candidate and Tea Party supporter Steve Lonegan, Tom MacArthur won the GOP nomination to replace retiring Rep. Jon Runyan. MacArthur, an insurance company CEO and former mayor of Randolph, recently moved to the Burlington area district from northern New Jersey. But with deep pockets, he’s considered to be a favorite over Democratic challenger Aimee Belgard, a Burlington County Freeholder who represents a chunk of the district.

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