Could New Jersey’s Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez be feeling a “Red Wave”?
A new poll from Stockton University puts Menendez just 2 points ahead of his opponent, Republican Bob Hugin, 45 to 43.
The shocking poll comes from rising Republican support nationwide—with a new Gallup poll placing the GOP’s favorability a point above Democrats—and low popular for Melendez, who has faced a number of scandals.
Last year, Menendez had faced corruption charges, but the charges were dropped after a jury couldn’t come to a unanimous decision about his guilt. Ultimately, the Department of Justice decided not to retry him.
Menendez had also been accused in 2013, by the Obama Department of Justice, of hiring underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.
Hugin, a multimillionaire businessman, has hammered Menendez’s already-weak popularity with a barrage of negative ads—closing the gap in a race that many thought was a sure-thing for the Democrats.