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Then. Robert Menendez (DN.J.) talks during a debate with Republican candidate Bob Hugin on October 24th. (Julio Cortez / Pool…
A scandalized command senator driving towards an independent rich the Republican has made a reliable blue state to a battlefield that democrats suddenly need to defend.
The Senate Card was always tough for Democrats. No matter how favorable the political climate, Democrats knew that they would struggle to maintain places in deep-rooted states like Indiana, West Virginia and North Dakota.
But New Jersey?
In recent weeks, national democrats have poured millions into the breed to save late Robert Menendez as public opinion polls have shown the senator forward but only one hair outside the margin of error. Last week, the Cook Political Report moved the race to a “throw up.”
A Republic has not kept e a US senate seat in Jersey of 46 years. President Trump lost the state to Hillary Clinton with 14 points. Compare it to nearby Pennsylvania, which Trump won, where the existing Democratic later Bob Casey is expected to win easily with double digits.
But Menendez, who is seeking a third term, has struggled to throw his big luggage. For those who need a fast primer: Menendez was accused in 2015 of allegations that he helped a top campaign sponsor and friend, who took Menendez on clear voyages on his private jet skirts government regulations. The case went to trial in Septemer 2017. Two months later, the jury was deceased and a suspect declared. The Senate Ethics Committee raised the case in January 2018 after the referee rejected all charges. In April, Senate Committee Menendez found guilty of breaking federal law, formally challenged him and ordered him to pay back all the gifts he received.
In addition, campaign advertisements took the view that Menendez was sleeping with underground prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, who despite the FBI and media surveys never proved true.
Jersey voters have a strong stomach for scandal, and the state’s democratic leader has been loyal to Menendez. But this competition is far closer than it should be.
At the same time, the editorial board of New Jersey Star-Ledger told the editorial board to “choke down and vote for Menendez”. The board confirmed Menendez’s shortcomings, wrote that he should have trampled aside to make way for a less-embattled democratic candidate, and then made the case that he is still better than the alternative – drug director Bob Hugin.
The Wall Street Journal editorial board outlined the argument and called the Democrats hypocrites to put pressure on last year’s Alabama republicans to oppose Roy Moore, accusing Senate candidate of dying and pursuing teenage girls while in his 30- while calling on the jerseyd Democrats to support Menendez in spite of his Senate prediction and dubious ethics.
“Ranking-and-File Democrats can show that they are a moral match for Alabama Republicans if they decide to vote for Hugin or stay at home. Otherwise, save us the lectures on the moral consequences of Donald Trump, WSJ wrote:
It is difficult to imagine a scenario where many state Democrats vote for Hugin so the real question is whether the fragile ticket will suppress the electorate enough to get the Republicans a victory.
Menendez is coming probably still to survive given the democrats’ primary motivation to test President Trump. It is not uncommon for politicians with a scandal hanging over them to lose their seat in a year that is beneficial to their party.
In 2002, when Republicans took place after the attacks on 9/11, GOP Lost Sen. Tim Hutchinson lost his resignation to a demok rat in conservative Arkansas after leaving his wife for a much younger one. employee