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Union City Mayor Brian Stack and his local slate at an election eve rally on May 7, 2018

Stack begins bid to crank up turnout for Menendez

Mayor seeks massive turnout in hometown of both U.S. Senate candidates

By David Wildstein, October 02 2018 1:08 pm

In Union City, Brian Stack is a human GOTV machine.

When he ran for re-election as mayor last May, he received 11,211 votes – a turnout of about 37% in an election where he had no opponent.

Now Stack is fully engaged in the re-election of Bob Menendez to the United States Senate and is cranking up his local political organization in a city where both candidates grew up.

Union City has about 30,000 registered voters.  Stack turned out 12,711 votes in the 2017 gubernatorial election, delivering 91% of the vote and a 9,750-vote plurality for Phil Murphy.

In 2016, Union City turned out 19,474 votes and gave Hillary Clinton a margin of 11,557 votes.

The last time Menendez ran, in 2012, he received 14,094 votes, a plurality of 11,925, or 87% of the vote.

For Menendez, the 2018 campaign is a numbers game.  He needs heavy turnout in urban areas of New Jersey to hold back an aggressive challenge from Republican Bob Hugin, a former pharmaceutical company CEO who is self-financing his run for the U.S. Senate.

With Stack’s support, Menendez has a chance to come out of his hometown with something substantially more than the 8,633 votes that Cory Booker got in Union City four years ago.  Stack could easily up that number to the 12,000 to 14,000 vote range, something that could significantly impact the statewide totals.

Menendez is looing for places like Union City, North Bergen and West New York to deliver more votes than they usually do in a mid-term election.

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