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     Nov. 6, 2018 Senate

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+Bob Menendez (D) i
1,711,654
54.01%
Bob Hugin (R)
1,357,355
42.83%
Madelyn Hoffman (G)
25,150
0.79%
Murray Sabrin (L)
21,212
0.67%
Natalie Lynn Rivera (FTP)
19,897
0.63%
Tricia Flanagan (NDNJ) 16,101
0.50%
Kevin Kimple (MIS)
9,087
0.29%
Hank Schroeder (EG)
8,854
0.28%

3,169,310

Plurality: 354,299 votes (11.18 percentage points).
 NJ Department of State




Notes:
Sen. Bob Menendez, seeking a third term, faced Bob Hugin (R), former chief executive of the biotech company Celgene.  A total of eight candidates were on the ballot, including  peace activist Madelyn Hoffman (G) and Ramapo College finance professor Murray Sabrin (L).

In 2016 Hillary Clinton carried New Jersey by 14.10 percentage points).  On Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018 Democrats had a 930,000-plus registration advantage unaffiliated 2,394,289 (40.3%), Dem. 2,214,413 (37.3%), Rep. 1,283,563 (21.6%).  Menendez would normally be heavily favored, but he entered 2018 under a cloud, as he and a friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, faced bribery and corruption charges.  They were indicted in April 2015, but a jury deadlocked in Nov. 2017 and a mistrial was declared.  Prosecutors sought a retrial.  However, on Jan. 24 a judge dismissed seven of the 18 counts, and on Jan. 31 the Department of Justice dropped the case.

The two major party candidates participated in just one televised debate on Oct. 24 in Newark on NJTV (+).

A spate of stories in October underlined Democrats' jitters about the New Jersey race (a few examples: Politico (Oct. 25) "National Democrats make another big ad buy for Menendez" and New York Times (Oct. 31) "Democrats in an All-Hands-on-Deck Scramble to Save Menendez in New Jersey").  Democrats' concerns proved unfounded; when the votes were tallied the result was not close.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics' Open Secrets, this was the ninth most expensive Senate race in 2018; spending totaled $71.6 million ($52.1 million by the campaigns and $19.4 million from outside groups (+).



Campaign Managers:
Bob Menendez: 

Campaign Chairman Michael Soliman
(announced April 30, 2018)
Partner at Mercury since Sept. 2013. State director and New Jersey chief of staff to Menendez, Sept. 2007-Sept. 2013.  Senior advisor on Josh Gottheimer's 2016 congressional campaign, lead strategist for Cory Booker's 2014 Senate campaign, managed Menendez’s successful re-election campaign in 2012.  District director to U.S. Rep. Steven Rothman, Jan. 2003-Sept. 2007.  M.P.P. from Bloustein School at Rutgers University; B.A. in political science from St. Peter's University.
Campaign Manager  Frank Schultz
Has worked for Menendez for 12 years, including as state director and deputy state director.  J.D. from Rutgers Law School, 2011.

Bob Hugin: 
Campaign Manager
  Stacy Schuster
(Feb. 2018)  Associate vice president for government and community relations (Apr. 2008-Feb. 2018), executive director of government relations, commmunications and marketing (Nov. 2011-Nov. 2012) and director of external relations (April 2008-Nov. 2011) at The College of New Jersey.  Public affairs and political consulting, 2007-08.  Regional political director for the mid-Atlantic on John McCain for President, 2006-07.  NH political director for the RNC, 2006.  Campaign manager, chief of staff and grassroots coordinator to Assemblyman Bill Baroni., 2003-06.  M.P.A.  from University of Pennsylvania, 2016.

Murray Sabrin:

Campaign Manager Michael Guadagnino
(announced Feb. 22, 2018) 
"Chiropractic physician in private practice in Ramsey since 2002.  He is Chairman of Oakland Parks and Recreation, a volunteer position, and co-founder of Let’s Talk Oakland, a community-based organization that supports mental wellness.  Guadagnino is vice-chair of marketing for the New Jersey Libertarian Party and has been active in several statewide and local campaigns."

 
 






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