U.S. Senator Bob Menendez didn’t just win his hometown, he won Bob Hugin’s hometown too.
Menendez carried Summit by nine points, 53%-44%. He beat Hugin 5,068 to 4,185 — a margin of 863 votes — in the town where Hugin lives and where Celgene, the drug company he ran is headquartered.
In Union City, where both candidates grew up and went to cross-town high schools at the same time, Menendez annihilated Hugin by 60 points, 79%-19%. Menendez won 12,914 to 2,443. The massive 10,471 vote margin came despite Hugin investing heavily in a bid to flip the town where the two Bob’s grew up.
But while Hugin spent money on parade floats and contributed to local organizations in Union City, Menendez focuses on the ground game in Summit. His campaign identified voters that were sold on the Democratic message.