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Democratic incumbent Robert Menendez wins a second term in the U.S. Senate race.
New Jersey voters are sending Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez back to Washington for another six years.
Menendez easily defeated state Sen. Joe Kyrillos, outraising the Republican nearly 3-to-1.
Menendez told supporters he worked to run a positive campaign that told voters where he came from and who he was. Menendez outraised Kyrillos by nearly 3 to 1, according to the latest federal election filings, and had $8.3 million on hand heading into October compared with Kyrillos' $1.6 million.
In conceding the race, Kyrillos said he had no regrets about running but also suggested it was time to take another look at campaign finance reform, noting he was "significantly out-funded" during the campaign.
Kyrillos did get campaign help from longtime pal, Gov. Chris Christie. But Christie's pledge to campaign with Kyrillos down the stretch was curtailed by the superstorm Sandy. Kyrillos' home county was among those hardest hit.
Voters displaced by Sandy, which flooded out many residents or forced those without electricity to seek shelter elsewhere, were able to vote by email or fax if they couldn't get to their regular polling places. Or they were able to vote in person at any polling place in the state.
There wasn't much drama in New Jersey's races for the U.S. House of Representatives, which left New Jersey's House delegation evenly split with six Republicans and six Democrats.
Eleven incumbents were re-elected, and the only newcomer is Democrat Donald Payne Jr., who had a large margin of victory to take the Newark-centered 10th District seat formerly held by his father, who died this year. Payne won both a special election to serve the rest of this term and an election to a full term starting in January. Both victories came over Republican opponents who did not mount ambitious campaigns.
Democrat Bill Pascrell won in northern New Jersey's 9th District over Republican Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who is best known as Michael Jackson's former spiritual adviser and the author of such books as "Kosher Sex" and the reality TV show "Shalom in the Home."
"I got the people's back," Pascrell said in an interview. "I'm anxious to get back to my job."
The state's districts are generally safe for incumbents, but they were redrawn last year to make them even more so — though New Jersey was squeezed out of one seat in Washington because of its slow population growth.