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U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Menendez says Democrats will vote

Senator says anti-Trump message resonating with base

By Nikita Biryukov, November 05 2018 12:02 pm

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez isn’t worried about voters deciding he doesn’t need their vote following the release of a Quinnipiac poll Monday that showed him leading Bob Hugin by 15 points, the widest lead any public polls have recorded since a Monmouth poll in early April put Menendez up by 21.

“No,” Menendez said Monday when asked if he was concerned about the poll depressing Democratic turnout. “We’re going to continue to do what all these mayors are doing and everybody else is, which is to remind voters — however we can — that the only way to stop Trump is to come out and vote, regardless of what any poll says.”

The risk for Menendez, or anyone else with a lead of any size, is that voters might think the candidate does not need their vote. In isolation, such incidents won’t impact much, but if droves of voters in places like Hudson County feel comfortable enough to stay home on Tuesday, the race could shift in Hugin’s favor.

Tying Hugin and other Republican candidates in the state to Trump has proven to be the chief strategy of some of the state’s Democratic candidates. Quinnipiac polling analyst Mary Snow said that despite some their concerns about Menendez, New Jersey’s Democrats are reluctant to risk letting a Senate seat flip with Trump in office.

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