TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican New Jersey state Assemblyman Chris Brown has defeated incumbent Democratic state Sen. Colin Bell in the Atlantic City-based 2nd District.

Brown has represented the district in the Assembly since 2012. His victory represents a pick-up for Republicans from Democrats, who controlled the seat.

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A Democrat won Brown’s Assembly seat.

Bell was sworn in in October to represent the district after the death this summer of Sen. Jim Whelan.

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The 68-year-old Whelan died at his home on Aug. 22 after suffering a heart attack. He had announced in January that he wouldn’t seek re-election. Bell was the party’s candidate for the seat.

Brown has opposed the state’s takeover of Atlantic City and argued against expanding casinos to northern New Jersey.

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