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Menendez, not up until 2024, raised $492k in 2019

New Jersey senator holds two records for most votes by a U.S. Senate candidate

By David Wildstein, February 01 2020 5:50 pm

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, who is not on the ballot again until 2024, raised $492,099 in 2019 and has $397,268 cash-on-hand.

Menendez took in $192,811 in the 4th quarter of last year.

A political action committee affiliated with the senator, the Menendez Victory Fund, reported raising $79,550 in 2019.  The PAC has $40,261 in the bank.

In his 2018 bid for re-election to a third term, Menendez won by 354,299 votes, 54%-43%, against self-funder Bob Hugin.

Menendez holds two records for New Jersey Senate candidates: the most votes received by a Senate candidate in a mid-term election, and the most votes received by a Senate candidate in a presidential year.

He received 1,711,654 votes statewide.  That was just 274,129 less votes than he received in 2012, a presidential election year.

Menendez won massive margins in Essex, Hudson, Union, Middlesex, Camden, Bergen and Mercer counties.

He won Essex by 140,531 votes, 76.5%-21.1%.  To put that in some perspective, Cory Booker won Essex by 76,945 in 2014.

Menendez carried Hudson by 96,093 (76.3%-20.8%), Union by 57,179 (64.2%-33.1%), Middlesex by 50,042 (58.2%-38.6%), Camden by 49,858 (61.8%-34.6%), Bergen by 41,829 (54.7%-42.5%), and Mercer by 39,548 (63.7%-32.5%).

Passaic County went for Menendez by a 57.8%-39.1% margin (27,860 votes), while Burlington backed the incumbent Senator by a 52.8%-44.0% margin (16,509).  Menendez also won Somerset County by 8,986 votes (51.7%-45.1%).

Menendez won Cumberland County by 142 votes, 48.3%-47.9%.  Election night results had Hugin winning there.  Hugin spent part of the Sunday before the election in Cumberland.

Hugin won ten counties, just one more than Jeff Bell carried in 2014.

Hugin scored a big win in Ocean County, carrying it by 66,305 votes (63.3%-33.7%).  The Republican carried Monmouth by 28,245 (53.8%-43.0%), Morris by 21,020 (53.4%-43.6%), Sussex by 17,491 (62.0%-33.2%), Hunterdon by 11,293 (57.2%-39.3%), and Warren by 9,905 (60.0%-35.6%).

In South Jersey, Hugin scored some wins.  He received 61% in Cape May County – his highest percentage in the state, carrying it by 10,268 votes.  He won Atlantic by a narrow 48.8%-47.4% margin (1,337 votes), Gloucester by a 49.8%-46.4% margin (3,787 votes), and Salem by a 57.5%-38% margin (4,627 votes).

Gloucester were the only counties that went for Booker in 2014 and Hugin in 2016.  Menendez flipped Somerset.

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