Sen. Bob Menendez is facing a tough challenge from a big-money Republican who is sinking more than $15 million in a bid to unseat the Democrat in deep-blue New Jersey.
Menendez, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is seeking a third term in the Senate after federal prosecutors dropped charges of corruption against him earlier this year.
While he remains a big favorite in the New Jersey race, the legal case has dented Menendez’s approval ratings, and a recent poll showed a very tight race against his Republican opponent Bob Hugin, a former CEO of pharmaceutical company Celgene Corp.
Hugin, who served in the Marines decades ago, still faces a big uphill fight in a state that hasn’t elected a Republican to the Senate since 1972 and that President Trump lost by 14 points in 2016.
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