Bob Menendez beats Republican Bob Hugin in tight N.J. Senate election

November 7, 2018

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez celebrates his re-election in Hoboken November 6, 2018.

By Staff

New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez was reelected to the U.S. Senate Tuesday, riding anti-Trump enthusiasm to overcome the lingering cloud of his bribery trial and an onslaught of attack ads aired by Republican Bob Hugin.

The Garden State hasn’t elected a Republican to the Senate since 1972, but Democratic strategists were bracing for a possible loss, worried that college-educated suburbanites couldn’t stomach a vote for Menendez and that urban voters wouldn’t go to the polls for a midterm election. Hugin, a former pharmaceutical executive from Summit, loaned his campaign $36 million to make the race competitive.

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