Emerson College is the latest to survey the Garden State Senate race (10/24-26; 659 NJ likely voters) and, like other recent polls, detects a close race between embattled Sen. Bob Menendez (D) and former pharmaceutical company CEO Bob Hugin (R). The Emerson results find Sen. Menendez’s lead at 47-42%, on the cusp of being outside the margin of error.
Spending is heavy on both sides. Through September, Mr. Hugin had spent over $27 million. Sen. Menendez had countered with $11.2 million in expenditures. Outside spending appears to be about even, with at least $10 million apiece coming in to back each candidate. The Senator must overcome a consistently poor favorability index of 34:53% according to the Emerson data, which is in line with other statewide polling.
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