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Menendez Overtakes Kyrillos to Retain Senate Seat

Republicans have conceded the senatorial seat to incumbent Robert Menendez.

As the ballots pour in from Sandy-ravaged New Jersey, Robert Menendez has emerged victorious in reclaiming his U.S. Senate seat against Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos.

With just over half of polling districts reporting, state Republicans have conceded victory to Menendez. The U.S. senator leads 58 percent to 40 percent as of 10:30 p.m., according to CBS News.

"Senator Joe Kyrillos ran a great campaign against very tough circumstances and despite the loss, his family, campaign team, and supporters should be very proud of their efforts," New Jersey Republican Chairman Sam Raia said in a statement late Tuesday night. "Joe represents the very best of New Jersey and has fought for his constituents faithfully from the day he took office and I have no doubt he will continue to do so for many years to come." 

Early polls had projected Menendez a big winner on Tuesday and the Hudson County liberal delivered.

The race had been called by multiple outlets before 20 percent of districts had even reported.

Appointed to the senate by former Gov. Jon Corzine in 2006, Menendez had little trouble out-muscling Kyrillos financially in his second successful bid for senatorial office.

Campaign finance records show the U.S. Senator picked up $16 million from donors and aggressively dropped large sums on 30-second TV spots, more than tripling Gov. Chris Christie confidant's war chest.

A staunch supporter of Obamacare who protested the war in Iraq, Menendez has pledged to "fight for the middle class" by closing corporate loopholes and removing the tax breaks for the wealthy, a stark contrast to Kyrillos' vision.

First elected in 1992 to the state legislature but lacking name recognition throughout New Jersey, Kyrillos campaigned on dropping the corporate tax rate to incentivize job creation and spur growth.

"We're going to have to raise revenue, and I want to do it through growth," Kyrillos said at a debate against the senator this fall.

Kyrillos, considered by most a moderate GOP, was one of the few Republicans not to have signed the anti-tax-hike pledge, which he told The Record's editorial board was to "maintain independence."

Menendez was not immediately available for comment.

This article was last updated at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday.

XJS November 07, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Yes, they won and the citizens of this country lost. We lost because neither party puts forth top talent, moderate, thinking people. Instead, we have a subpar president re-elected because the opposing party put forth an even worse candidate. The same thing happened in 2004 & we got the better of two bads in 2000 & 2008. Good lord. Menendez is a disgusting human being. Anyone who voted for him should be ashamed of him/herself. A pine tree would be a better Senator than that guy. But until the "us" vs "them" mentality of politics as a football game goes away, we'll have wayyyy too many people like Jonas here who thinks "his team won" voting the party line without thought.
XJS November 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Senators are 6 year terms.
NJTom November 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Now that he's safe for another six years, I wonder if Senator Che will continue begging illegals to take food stamps?
buffymcbuffy November 07, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I completely agree with you, we are surrounded by IDIOTS. Peopls need to go to his website and read the things this mental midget supports. New Jerseyans have a record for being STUPID. I hope we go bankrupt just so people WAKE the HELL UP!!!!!
Mitt Rummey November 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Only in America, you can have a president, who has failed the country so miserably, get re-elected! This tells me something about America!
Denobin November 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Already had them thanks to the Bush adminstration. Next.
Ric November 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Mutt Rummey. It is time for you to fade into the background. You got your butt well whupped. Does that tell you something, eh?
Ric November 07, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Mutt, by the way, why are you bringing up George Bush's reelection of 8 years ago?
helpusall November 07, 2012 at 05:18 PM
economy down the toilet,gay marriages,unemployment thru the roof,country being overtaken by illegals,woman with 5 kids 4 different fathers and a president that 's not a citizen GREAT COUNTRY WE LIIVE IN
Jennifer Potts November 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Hysterical guess who! Sad day indeed and yes we get what stupidity sends our way. Texas sounds delightful. Nice red state
RocketMan10 November 07, 2012 at 05:24 PM
It's only fair for you to finish that quote. Here's the entire quote: "I'm so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things. No, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics."
A. Newarker November 07, 2012 at 06:00 PM
The headline is totally misleading - Kyrillos never had a chance and even Gov. Christie knew it. That's why Christie never spent a minute in New Jersey cmpaigning for Kyrillos.
The Name You Know November 07, 2012 at 06:05 PM
He's also half white. And it's "loser" not "looser". Try reading a book.
ANNE M CALLOWAY November 07, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Here's the deal ..the people have spoken like or not..calling names and being a poor sport won't change anything. Turn your negative energy into positive. Get over it.move forward. START RIGHT NOW WHERE YOU ARE, figure out what YOU can personally do to make a difference and effect Change.
Washed ashore November 07, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Anne you are spot on. What can we do to improve the cities of this country? What are some of your ideas because up to now, nothing has worked even though the voters continue to support the failed policies. For example, Abbott schools get and spend more than Brick does. has it produced better results? is the issue really monetary? What do you think What I am doing today is selling all my assets to pay long term capital gains and then buying municipal bonds which are tax free so that the government will receive less from me to waste going forward. Then I am going to create a plan to layoff 10 more employees to pay for all of the other stuff Obama wants me to comply with. After that, I am going to cancel my purchase of a new truck for my business because why should I help out that company any longer. Lastly, I am going to get rid of my lawn service and buy a donkey so I will save on grass cut expenses and lower my property taxes as farmland. Tomorrow I will seek more ways to do less because apparently I am evil and don't pay my fair share now. See if the people in Asbury Park can make up the difference. Thanks
Moist Cake November 07, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Nah Nah Nah Nah, Nah Nah Nah Nah, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye republicans! Enjoy watching the gays get equal rights, workings earning a decent wage, the right to unionize, funded public education for all, universal healthcare and no more wars we have to send our children to. Paul Ryan is your savior, too bad he'll have to command from the little seat in the house.
buffymcbuffy November 07, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I'm not on the left or right, I'm an American. I believe in hard work, personal responsibility and the Constitution. We need term limits on ALL politians. We also need the media to vet all candidates on both sides.
Washed ashore November 07, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Hey have at it all. Best of luck. How you gonna pay for it? Borrow a few more trillions. HHAHAHAHAHAHH. I will still be well off and you will still be trying to steal from me.
South Westfielder November 07, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Was this ever reported in the news here in the US? http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100187373/republicans-are-hoping-that-bob-menendezs-sex-scandal-will-make-him-the-new-anthony-weiner/
South Westfielder November 07, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Or this from Wikipeadia? "A poll released by CBS and the New York Times in 2006 asked participants to name the first thing that came to their minds when hearing Menendez's name: the top answer given was "corruption" or "crooked".
Washed ashore November 07, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Hey will you look at that? The Government only spent and borrowed another $20 billion today. Did you feel it? Are you better off today? I know I am. I sold my Apple stock yesterday before it dropped 30 points! Phew!! Thanks Goldman Sachs for the tip!!
A November 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM
If you are not happy MOVE! its obvious he and everyone else is there because we voted for him. Stop being sore losers. It's the same if a republican would have won I won't sit here and bash them, I would be ok because the voters put him there. It is what it is. Move on.
buffymcbuffy November 07, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I'm not a sore loser I'm a realist. I wouldn't vote for Obama because I didn't know enough about him. Now I know something about him and I like him even less. He's an EVIL man, he pits American against American with class warfare(ENVY) which is one of the 7 deadly sins. Obama seems to encompass just about ALL of the 7 deadly sins. Hmmm, that explains everything. Let's name them, Vanity, Envy, Gluttony, Anger, Greed, Slothand Lust. All he did was PARTY for the past 4years on our dime, while the rest of us suffered.
Rufus O'Callahan November 07, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Mike Doherty. Simple as that. Why is the NJ GOP refusing to support his candidacy? When so few legislators made it a priority, he came up with a plan to address property taxes with his Fair School Funding plan. He also has been a leading voice in opposition to red light cameras and the groping tactics of the TSA. This is a candidate for office that will give us a decent shot at unseating one of the Senators. If they don't run him in 2014, then Sam Raia & Co. are even bigger idiots than I think they are.
Ken November 07, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Unfortunately they just look to see if there is a D or R by there name. Stupid people should not be allowed to vote.
Ken November 07, 2012 at 09:45 PM
One of the worst we have ever had
Michelle R. November 08, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Hmm, wonder how he'll celebrate?
South Westfielder December 12, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Well, well, well, look who is in the news - our very own Senator Menendez. Congratulations to those NJ residents who voted for this honorable fellow. "U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an undocumented immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP."
stewart resmer December 13, 2012 at 01:38 AM
“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity” - - Andre Gide: French writer, humanist and moralist, 1947 nobel prize for literature, 1869-1951 http://www.republicanoffenders.com/index.html
Bob Royal January 29, 2013 at 06:57 PM
While there are bad apples on both sides, at least Republicans do not mock purity, honor, and family values. Republicans are upset when their fellow Republicans fail to live up to those ideals. Democrats think it is all one big funny joke.

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