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NJ Senate Race is a Key Midterm Battleground for GOP

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is increasingly being viewed as a weak link in the Democrats’ 2018 bid to take over the Senate. Republican nominee Bob Hugin, a former pharmaceutical executive, is closing in on the Senate seat with a significant war chest and media campaign. The cause for concern on the left is apparent, with Menendez just deigning to show a sign of life on air last week, but it could be too little too late with the election just weeks away.

“I think he’s our best chance in the last 40 years,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), optimistic about Hugin’s chances. “He’s a good man. He’s really had an American dream kind of life … It’s going to be an ugly fight; it already is, but I think there couldn’t be a starker contrast between those two men.”

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Republicans are increasingly optimistic about their chances to take out Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., as their nominee Bob Hugin has turned what many expected to be a Democratic cakewalk into a close contest with two months to go before Election Day.

In just a few months, Hugin, a former pharmaceutical executive, has made this blue-state Senate race surprisingly competitive in a Democratic year. Since announcing in February, he has poured at least $15 million into the race, and promised upwards of $20 million, and has flooded the airwaves statewide unopposed from mid-May until Menendez went on the air on Tuesday.

That strategy paid off in the polls, as Quinnipiac and Gravis show him down by 6 and 2 points, respectively, in the only two surveys taken since the state’s primary contests. An internal poll conducted by Hugin’s campaign shows him in a neck-and-neck race against Menendez, which has given both national and state Republicans hope.

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