A Republican truck driver, who spent just $153 to run for his campaign, may have been able to win a shocking upset victory against the longest-serving New Jersey legislator in the state’s elections on Tuesday.

After a night in which they lost the Virginia governor’s election and struggled to win the New Jersey governor’s race, it could be another embarrassing loss for Democrats.

On Wednesday afternoon, Ed Durr, the GOP candidate, led Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney’s South New Jersey 3rd Legislative District with 52 percent to 48. 

Sweeney, a member of Ironworks union and one the most powerful politicians in the state has been a state senator almost twenty-five years. In 2010, he was elected Senate president.

Durr, 58, is employed as a truck driver for furniture store Raymour & Flanigan. He was born in South Jersey, and has three children and six grandkids. 

He spent $66.64 at Dunkin Donuts for food and drinks, and $86.67 on flyers and business cards.

Sweeney was also considered a possible candidate for 2024 governorship, before facing a loss now.

It appears that Sweeney, who spent millions on 2017’s most expensive state legislative race in US history, was defeated by a trucker who spent only $153 to unseat him.

Sweeney’s likely defeat could be part of a larger rebellion of working-class and suburban Americans against Democrats. The incumbent Democratic Governor Phil Murphy is barely ahead his Republican challenger in a race that polls had predicted would be a blue win.

Durr posted a photo of himself to social media going to vote on Tuesday, hours before his potential victory

Durr posted a picture of himself on social media, indicating that he was going to vote on Tuesday. This was hours before his possible victory.

The 58-year-old truck driver appears to have shot his campaign video with very little assistance

The campaign video of the 58-year old truck driver appears to have been shot with very little assistance

And unexpected outcomes across local and state races  have forced the state’s Senate Democrats to postpone a leadership conference – until after they can figure out who survived the competition.

Sweeney made the announcement in a statement that the leadership caucus, which was due to be held tomorrow, will be delayed because of the closeness to several State Senate elections. The caucus will rescheduled after every Senate election results are known. 

It is even evident in Virginia, where Glenn Youngkin, a Republican first-time candidate, won against Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic powerhouse. 

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney is one of the most powerful elected officials in the state

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney has been called one of the most powerful elected officials within the state

Although he has never been elected to office, he stated in an interview that he was motivated to run for office in his blue collar and predominantly-white area because a concealed carry permit was not available.

The trucker tried unsuccessfully to buy New Jersey’s lower house in 2019. 

His legislative district will now be represented by a pro Second Amendment conservative Republican for the first time since 2002. This is a change from the Democrat who once called Chris Christie, New Jersey’s former GOP Governor, a ‘rotten bastard’.

Durr’s campaign clip, which he appears he shot himself, portrays Sweeney as complacent regarding Governor Murphy’s actions leading the state through COVID-19 and its high property tax.

Durr said this while walking through a cemetery at night. Durr added, “In 2020, my adversary sat and watched as Governor Murphy forced nursing home to take in COVID-19 residents, resulting in over 8,000 deaths of our seniors.”

“He remained silent while Governor Murphy, with his lockdown mandates, forced the closure of more than one third of our small business, costing New Jersey families thousands in jobs.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli has run a surprisingly competitive race against the incumbent governor

Democrat Governor Phil Murphy was expected to easily win re-election

Republican candidate for Governor Jack Ciattarelli ran a surprisingly competitive race against incumbent Governor Phil Murphy

He has done nothing. Seven out of ten state moves are now leaving the state, which places a greater burden on those who remain. The Senate president has been in Trenton for 20 years, which has seen higher taxes, increased debt, and a rising cost-of-living. We deserve better. It’s time to make a change in New Jersey.

Durr said to Politico that he was a ‘constitutional Conservative’ who supported tax cuts for ‘businesses’ and supported federal legislation to ban abortion.

He also advocates for lowering state property taxes, which are the highest in the country. This is a frequent issue brought up by Jack Ciattarelli, Murphy’s challenger to governor.

Murphy has not sought to defend himself against this accusation. Instead, he chose to point out the quality education, healthcare, and civil services that taxes can afford. 

It could also explain why he was and other Democrats in tight spots Tuesday.

Politico was told by Durr that he felt dissatisfaction and distrust among South Jersians about the way Democrats ran the state.

Durr stated, “Just the constant nepotism, corrupt, “if you take good care of me, then I’ll take good care of you” deals. ‘You don’t have any evidence, you can’t get anyone arrested or prove anything. But there are always the “when there’s smoke there’s fire” kind of statements.