Menendez, despite negative favorability rating, up 7 points in Senate race

Lester Mason
Октября 20, 2018

"If these poll results hold, the first person Bob Menendez should thank in his election night victory speech is Donald Trump", said Patrick Murray, the director of Monmouth University Polling Institute. (The Real Clear Politics average lead for Menendez is 7 points.) But Menendez has lingering negatives from the trial he endured over accusations of corruption. Already, outside groups have spent more than $8.1 million, including $3.6 million by a super PAC supporting Hugin, Integrity NJ, and $4.4 million by two backing Menendez, Leadership Alliance and Patients for Affordable Drugs Action.

Senate Majority PAC spokesman Chris Hayden said the ad was created to offset Hugin's spending advantage.

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"The question for Bob Hugin is: can he win over those voters who say they are undecided or are backing Menendez and indicate they may change their mind?" "We're spending everywhere and it's not impacting spending in any other state". (The 11-week trial ended in a hung jury and the Department of Justice declined to retry him.) And New Jersey - because it doesn't have its own media market and is instead covered by Philadelphia and New York City - is a hard state for politicians to become known in. "And Senator Menendez was on the Senate floor so hypocritically saying, 'We should listen to women'". Bob Menendez had sex with "underage prostitutes" during trips to the Dominican Republic.

A majority of voters, around 88 percent, said they were aware of the corruption charges against Menendez.

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