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Analyst: Menendez seat “likely Democratic”

A top independent analyst says that Bob Menendez remains favored to win re-election, but must still deal with the effects of the now-dismissed corruption charges that have affected his approval ratings. Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley of Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia said that “Menendez should benefit from the midterm political environment.” “If Hillary Clinton were president, we would view this race differently,” Kondik and Skelley wrote.
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Sabato: LoBiondo seat now leans Democrat

Republican Frank LoBiondo's second congressional district seat was moved from Toss-Up to Leans Democrat this morning by the University of Virginia Center for Politics' Sabato's Crystal Ball. This is one of the top non-partisan congressional race rankings. "It may seem odd that we now list a seat that Trump won by nearly five points, NJ-2, as among the likeliest Democratic pickups," said Kyle Kondik, the Crystal Ball managing editor. Kondik noted