A mostly rainy day had absolutely no impact on this year’s U.S. Senate race, with incumbent Bob Menendez (D-NJ) winning a brutal contest against Republican Bob Hugin.
ABC News was the first media outlet to call the race at 8:27 p.m.
The incumbent had one of, if not the most, brutal elections of his 40-plus year career as a public servant, with Hugin relentlessly and aggressively attacking him over a corruption case that ended in a hung jury last year.
While an occasional poll had Hugin with a few points, most had Menendez up by at least seven or eight and he pushed that into double digits as voter turnout soared past last year’s gubernatorial race throughout the state.
Hugin had promised to be a moderate Republican if elected, but he struggled to get out of President Donald Trump’s shadow, which hit a crescendo when the president endorsed him this afternoon.
That, coupled with Menendez attacking his record as the CEO of pharmaceutical giant Celgene, appeared to neutralize Hugin, who spent over $30 million of his own money in the blistering contest.