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Sen. Robert Menendez Wins in New Jersey

November 6, 2012

President Barack Obama carried New Jersey in Tuesday's election and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez easily won a second term.

Voting in the state was complicated by Hurricane Sandy, with many polling places still without power or even underwater on the Jersey Shore, and many residents still unable to return home. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno announced Tuesday afternoon voters who had applied to cast ballots by email or fax would be able to do so through Friday.

With 2810 of 6,338 precincts reporting, Obama led Republican nominee Mitt Romney 59 percent to 40 percent, WHYY-FM in Philadelphia reported.

The state has become more Democratic in recent presidential elections. President George H.W. Bush won the state in 1988 continuing a string of Republican victories in New Jersey but lost the state four years later.

Menendez, who was appointed by Gov. Jon Corzine in 2005 to fill his own unexpired term, had 61 percent of the vote to 37 percent for his Republican challenger, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos. Menendez, born in New York to recent immigrants from Cuba in 1953, was the first Hispanic elected to the Senate from a northeastern state.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012

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