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United States Senate election in New Jersey, 2012

United States Senate election in New Jersey, 2012

November 6, 2012

 
Nominee Bob Menendez Joseph Kyrillos
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,987,680 1,329,534
Percentage 58.87% 39.37%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Bob Menendez
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Bob Menendez
Democratic

The 2012 United States Senate election in New Jersey took place on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the 2012 U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez won re-election to a second full term.

Background

Bob Menendez became the first Hispanic-American U.S. senator to represent New Jersey in January 2006 when former U.S. senator Jon Corzine appointed him to the seat after having resigned to become governor of New Jersey, following his election in November 2005.[1] In November 2006, after a tough and painful election, Menendez defeated Republican state senator Thomas Kean, Jr. with 53.3% of the vote.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Bob
Menendez
Someone
else
Unsure
Fairleigh Dickinson University March 5–11, 2012 404 ± 5.0% 30% 37% 33%

Results

Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Menendez (Incumbent) 235,321 100
Total votes 235,321 100

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

Declined

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Michael
Doherty
Kim
Guadagno
Woody
Johnson
Tom
Kean Jr.
Joseph
Kyrillos
Anna
Little
Tim
Smith
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling July 15–18, 2011 300 ± 5.7% 7% 10% 9% 36% 3% 4% 2% 30%

Results

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph Kyrillos 161,146 77.1
Republican David Brown 18,671 8.9
Republican Joseph Rullo 16,690 8.0
Republican Bader Qarmout 12,637 6.0
Total votes 209,144 100%

General election

Candidates

  • Bob Menendez (Democratic), incumbent U.S. Senator
  • Joseph Kyrillos (Republican), State Senator
  • Inder "Andy" Soni (America First), Edison resident
  • Ken Wolski (Green), medical marijuana activist and former nurse[18]
  • Gwen Diakos (Jersey Strong Independents), civilian defense contractor[4][19]
  • Kenneth R. Kaplan (Libertarian), commercial real estate broker[20]
  • Eugene Martin LaVergne (Independent), West Long Branch resident
  • Daryl Mikell Brooks (Reform Nation), Trenton resident, Social Activist
  • Robert "Turk" Turkavage (Responsibility Fairness Integrity), former FBI agent
  • Greg Pason (Socialist), National Secretary of the Socialist Party USA and perennial candidate[21]
  • J. David Dranikoff (Totally Independent Candidate), businessman and Livingston resident

Debates

Three debates were scheduled. The first debate took place on October 4, 2012 at Montclair State University. Menendez and Kyrillos participated. The second took place on October 10 at NJ 101.5 studios, Trenton NJ[22] The third was to take place on October 17 at Mercer County Community College[23]

External links
  • Complete video and transcript at C-SPAN, first debate, October 4, 2012
  • Complete video and transcript at C-SPAN, second debate, October 13, 2012

Fundraising

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Bob Menendez (D) $10,243,864 $2,325,178 $10,345,365 $0
Joseph Kyrillos (R) $3,106,536 $1,132,232 $1,974,302 $50,236
Kenneth R. Kaplan (L) $800 $0 $800 $0
Source: Federal Election Commission[24][25][26]

Top contributors

[27]
Bob Menendez Contribution Joseph Kyrillos Contribution
Lowenstein Sandler $116,160 McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP $133,098
Greenberg Traurig $78,250 Allied Management Inc $22,000
NORPAC $70,550 Connell Foley $18,250
Prudential Financial $66,800 Maser Consulting $17,250
DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole $48,150 B&L Tire $15,000
Kindred Healthcare $48,000 Berkeley College $15,000
Verizon Communications $47,050 CJ Hesse $15,000
Medco Health Solutions $41,249 GlobalTel $15,000
DLA Piper $41,000 Langer Transport Corp $15,000
Dade Medical College $40,000 Fgi Finance $14,000

Top industries

[28]
Bob Menendez Contribution Joseph Kyrillos Contribution
Lawyers/Law Firms $1,633,843 Lawyers/Law Firms $312,845
Real Estate $1,096,684 Retired $103,900
Lobbyists $578,182 Financial Institutions $98,200
Financial Institutions $532,651 Real Estate $98,150
Health Professionals $524,810 Health Professionals $62,100
Retired $411,525 Business Services $60,250
Construction Services $388,550 Construction Services $54,300
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $353,250 Universities $51,250
Insurance $338,550 General Contractors $39,500
Leadership PACs $328,244 Misc Business $38,550

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Bob
Menendez (D)
Joseph
Kyrillos (R)
Other Undecided
Philadelphia Inquirer October 23–25, 2012 601 LV ± 4% 50% 32% 18%
SurveyUSA October 17–18, 2012 577 LV ± 4.2% 53% 33% 5% 9%
Stockton October 12–18, 2012 811 LV ± 3.5% 52% 30% 18%
Quinnipiac October 10–14, 2012 1,319 LV ± 2.7% 55% 37% 15%
Philadelphia Inquirer October 4–8, 2012 604 LV ± 4% 49% 35% 15%
Monmouth University September 19–23, 2012 613 LV ± 2.5% 49% 34% 15%
Philadelphia Inquirer September 9–12, 2012 600 LV ± 2.5% 43% 32% 12%
Quinnipaic University September 6–12, 2012 706 LV ± 2.5% 50% 36% 16%
Quinnipaic University August 27–September 2, 2012 1,471 LV ± 2.5% 50% 40% 10%
Rutgers-Eagleton August 23–25, 2012 688 LV ± 3.7% 47% 35% 8% 10%
Monmouth University July 23–27, 2012 849 RV ± 2.5% 45% 33% 1% 22%
Monmouth University July 18–22, 2012 535 LV ± 2.5% 44% 35% 1% 19%
Quinnipiac July 9–14, 2012 1,623 ± 2.5% 47% 34% 1% 16%
Quinnipiac May 9–14, 2012 1,582 ± 2.5% 45% 35% 2% 19%
Fairleigh Dickenson/PublicMind April 30–May 6, 2012 400 ± 5% 42% 33% 24%
Quinnipiac April 3–9, 2012 1,607 ± 2.4% 44% 35% 1% 20%
Farleigh Dickinson University March 5–11, 2012 396 ± 2.6% 43% 33% 23%
Quinnipiac February 21–27, 2012 1,396 ± 2.6% 49% 34% 1% 14%
Survey USA February 24–26, 2012 533 ± 4.3% 46% 31% 23%
Rutgers-Eagleton February 9–11, 2012 914 ± 3.3% 44% 22% 1% 26%
Farleigh Dickinson University January 2–8, 2012 800 ± 3.5% 43% 31% 26%
Farleigh Dickinson University September 19–25, 2011 800 ± 3.5% 49% 28% 22%
Public Policy Polling July 15–18, 2011 480 ± 4.5% 48% 29% 23%
Fairleigh Dickinson University January 3–9, 2011 802 ± 3.5% 41% 29% 30%

Results

Results of the November election by municipality
  Menendez
  Kyrillos
United States Senate election in New Jersey, 2012[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bob Menendez (Incumbent) 1,987,680 58.87% +5.50%
Republican Joseph Kyrillos 1,329,534 39.37% -4.98%
Libertarian Kenneth R. Kaplan 16,803 0.50% -0.15%
Majority 658,146 19.49%
Turnout 3,376,649

See also

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ Menendez for Senate 2012
  3. ^ a b [1]
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^
  6. ^
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  8. ^
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  10. ^ Sen. Diane Allen on lessons from the campaign trail | NJ.com
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^ Crowley Won't Run For Senate - Hotline On Call
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  20. ^
  21. ^
  22. ^
  23. ^
  24. ^ Menendez Campaign Finances
  25. ^ Kyrillos Campaign Finances
  26. ^ R. Kaplan
  27. ^ [2]Center for Responsive Politics
  28. ^ Contributors by Industry (opensecrets.org)
  29. ^

External links

Official campaign websites
  • Ken Kaplan for U.S. Senate
  • Gwen Diakos for U.S. Senate
  • Joe Kyrillos for U.S. Senate
  • Bob Menendez for U.S. Senate
  • Greg Pason for U.S. Senate
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