It's deja vu all over again for Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ7) and the 7th Congressional District. It is a similar script as the last three election cycles: Lance faces a contested primary and then finds himself against a Democratic challenger looking to either defeat him or knock him off. He has survived what his Republican temporaries from the state in Congress have not had to deal with. Now, Lance faces a similar electoral doubleheader.
It will be a similar looking first half to the electoral cycle for Lance in terms of his opponent. David Larsen is hoping the third time is the charm in 2014. Larsen has come up short to Lance in both 2010 and 2012. And despite the more conservative Larsen's best strategies; he is continuing to struggle to put together a strong enough approach that can over take Lance in the polls as he is dwarfed once again financially compared to Lance's war chest.
Despite what looks like a third part of this trilogy will end similar to the last two, Larsen has been undeterred. He took a step back in 2012 after using some momentum in 2010 led by the Tea Party to forge a serious challenge in a crowded field against Lance. This year is shaping up to be more like 2012 than 2010.
As Larsen would express,
I’m a Reagan conservative Republican. Lincoln ran many times before he won. Reagan many times.
As it looks right now, it may take a few more tries if Larsen ever does break through.
The winner of the GOP primary will face this year's chosen Democratic candidate: Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach. How Kovach will fare against Lance is the bigger question this year. Name ID and money will obviously be key is Kovach hopes to defeat Lance.