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Menendez with 15-point lead over Hugin as Battle of Bobs enters home stretch

November 06, 2018 - 6:41 am

NEWARK, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- It's election day, and the battle of the Bobs in New Jersey is finally coming to an end.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday has found that Sen. Bob Menendez has a 15-point lead over his Republican challenger Bob Hugin a day before voters go to the polls in highly charged midterms.

Menendez, a Democrat, is ahead of Hugin 55 percent to 40 percent, according to the poll.

Another poll released Friday by Stockton University had Menendez ahead, 51 percent to 39 percent.

Mary Snow, a polling analyst for the Quinnipiac University Poll, told 1010 WINS that women and nonwhite voters have been key to Menendez’s support and that there now appears to be a shift by independent likely voters in this latest poll favoring the senator.

“New Jersey voters are indicating while they may hold their nose and support Sen. Menendez, they are signaling they want to keep the New Jersey Senate seat in the Democratic column in this race,” Snow said.

Both Menendez and Hugin were making a final round of pitches to voters Monday.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Sen. Cory Booker stumped for Menendez over the weekend and joined him on the final day of the campaign, according to

"All day tomorrow, I'm taking no one and no vote for granted," he said.

Menendez says this election is all about the GOP and their total control of Congress and the White House, and he’s associated Hugin with Trump.

"This is an election in which we need to create a check on Donald Trump," he said.

Hugin attacked Menendez’s public corruption trial in which Menendez was accused of accepting gifts for helping a friend. The feds ultimately dropped their case earlier this year.