Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey is heading back to the Senate for his third term.
The two-term incumbent faced tough competition from his Republican challenger.
Former drug company CEO Bob Hugin ran against Menendez self-funding his campaign and blanketing the airwaves with T-V ads about Menendez’s corruption trial.
The federal case ended in a mistrial last fall when a jury couldn’t reach a verdict. In his victory speech last night Menendez pledged to win back the support of residents.
“For those who did not vote for me or who were disappointed in me, I pledge to spend every day fighting for you and your families and to earn back your respect.”
The race was closer than many political experts expected since New Jersey is a largely Democratic state. Menendez won by about 10 points at last count.