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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin campaigns at the Halloween festival in Voorhees on October 28, 2018 (NIKITA BIRYUKOV PHOTO)

Low-key Hugin seeks votes in Camden suburb

GOP Senate candidate back on trail after four days off

By Nikita Biryukov, October 28 2018 5:49 pm

U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Hugin spent part of his Sunday walking among a crowd at a Halloween festival in a Democratic-leaning Camden County suburb, talking to voters without the pretense of a podium or prepared speech.

His visit to the Voorhees Halloween festival was something of an informal affair, and while he had a handful of staffers with him, Hugin spent most of the time shaking hands with fair-goers, chatting up voters and posing for photos with the many children enjoying the revelry.

The departure from typical campaign-style events doesn’t represent a change of strategy, Hugin said.

“I’m doing every event, the same since I started,” he said. “I’ve taken four days off. Early in the morning, late in the day, whatever the best opportunity of that time of day to meet people, and listen, learn and talk to people, that’s what I do. So, I don’t think there’s any change to my plans.”

Hugin’s campaign has previously touted the number of events the candidate has held or attended, pegging that number above 500.

He attended at least three such events on Sunday, according to a schedule shared with the New Jersey Globe. His Voorhees visit was book-ended by a campaign lunch at a firehouse in Port Norris and a Halloween parade scheduled tonight in Medford.

That’s not to say the candidate’s scheduling hasn’t changed at all in the closing weeks of this year’s midterms.

As election day approaches and the closeness of Hugin’s race against Sen. Bob Menendez is becoming known to national race watchers and voters around the country, broadcasters are increasingly approaching the candidate.

“Probably a little more media because I got so many requests for radio and television interviews, so I’ve had to adjust the schedule a little bit for that,” Hugin said.

He appeared on a national telecast with Fox New’s Tucker Carlson on Thursday.

Democrats have a 2-1 voter registration edge in Voorhees, where Hillary Clinton won 61% of the vote in 2016 against Donald Trump.

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