New Jersey's Bob Menendez wins 3rd Senate term

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez fended off his wealthy Republican challenger and a barrage of ads about his tossed-out corruption charges to win re-election. 

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Menendez, 64, wins a third term Tuesday after a grueling campaign against Republican Bob Hugin. 

Polls showed Hugin, 64, and Menendez much closer than expected in overwhelmingly Democratic New Jersey. 

Hugin tapped his deep pockets for at least $27.5 million and spent on TV ads attacking Menendez over the 2017 trial on charges that he helped a friend with Medicare billing in exchange for lavish gifts. 

The charges were dropped this year after a mistrial. 

The race was particularly significant because Democrats are defending 26 seats, including 10 incumbents running in states that President Donald Trump won in 2016. 

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