Sen. Bob Menendez came back from a federal corruption trial and low favorability ratings to win a third term Tuesday, thanks to an inadvertent lift from President Donald Trump.
After facing a federal corruption trial in 2017 over allegations that he pushed for a friend#8217s business interests in exchange for private jet rides and a vacation to Paris, the New Jersey Democrat looked somewhat vulnerable.
In October, several polls indicated Menendez was ahead of former pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin in this solidly blue state by only single digits mdash two of which showed only a five point lead. Both of these polls also reported margins of error around 4%.
But on Election Night, the race was called by the Associated Press early in Menendez#8217s favor.The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
In swing states such as Florida and Ohio, close midterm races are to be expected. But in New Jersey mdash where voters have not elected a Republican senator in nearly four decades and where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won by 14 points in 2016 mdash the surveys worried some Democrats, who relied on races such as these if they were to have any chance in reclaiming control of the Senate.
Katherine McCabe, a political science professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, told TIME that the national political climate weighed heavily on New Jersey voters as they cast their ballots.
ldquoI think that voters in general are thinking more about the balance of power and thinking more about their opinions towards [President Donald] Trump than, necessarily, the individual factors within the New Jersey Senate race,rdquo she said.
Indeed, the editorial board of the Newark Star-Ledger, in its endorsement of Menendez, urged voters to #8220choke it down#8221 and vote for him.
#8220This year#8217s U.S. Senate race presents the most depressing choice for New Jersey voters in a generation, with two awful candidates whose most convincing argument is that the other guy is unfit to serve,#8221 the editorial board wrote.
Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been hampered by favorability ratings in the 30s. Last year#8217s corruption trial ended in mistrial in November of 2017 when the jurors were unable to reach a verdict. At the beginning of 2018, the Department of Justice dismissed all of his remaining charges.
Hugin frequently cited the allegations against Menendez as a reason the Democratic hold on the state should end. #8220Hersquos embarrassed us. Itrsquos a disgrace. A moral failure. Itrsquos time for change. And thatrsquos what is resonating with the people of New Jersey,rdquo he said in a recent radio appearance. (责任编辑：东升彩票官网平台) 本文地址：http://www.npohm21.com/zhuanxiugonglue/zonghejingyan/201908/2309.html