Scott Garrett struggling in New Jersey-5 [UPDATED]

Win some and maybe lose some. Rep. Scott Garrett, a Power Line pick for the House, is a little more than 10 points behind his Democratic opponent. Almost half of the vote is in.

We like to select up-and-coming candidates for our House picks — folks like Tom Cotton (in 2012), Mia Love, Alex Mooney, Elise Stefanik, and Brian Mast. We made an exception this year for the embattled Garrett, whose conservative voting record is almost unsurpassed.

It may be, however, that Garrett is now too socially conservative for the New Jersey district he has represented for so long.

UPDATE: Things have picked up for Garrett. With 60 percent of the vote in, his deficit is down to 6 points.