N.J. MIDTERM RESULTS: Winners, Losers, Analysis & More

By The Staff
Hugin (L) and Menendez (R)

Polls closed across New Jersey at 8:00 p.m. EST.

We’ll begin sharing results (and some pertinent analysis and perspective) throughout the night and quite possibly into Wednesday morning or beyond as they arrive.

For quicker results? Our Blogger-in-Chief @MattRooneyNJ and our contributors including Matt (@SaveJersey) will provide rolling commentary all night.

The New York Times will post live results here.

Politico’s own map is here.



8:23 a.m. – Good morning! Here’s a morning update from Matt Rooney.

11:22 p.m. – Republicans have lost the Burlington County Freeholder Board.

11:10 p.m. – A bright spot for N.J. Republicans tonight: they’ve recaptured the Salem County Freeholder Board.

10:57 p.m. – Nation-wide tonight, Save Jerseyans?

There may be a blue high tide in many areas, particularly in certain blue states, but Republicans appear to be holding their own in red/purple territory including Indiana, Ohio, and Florida state-wide contests. That’s not the case in New Jersey where Republicans appear at risk of going down to only one House seat (they currently hold five). Webber and Lance have both lost.

All eyes are now on Republican incumbent Tom MacArthur in NJ-03 who is nursing a small lead of 200 votes…

10:02 p.m. – Something sort of different tonight: Rush Limbaugh himself is weighing in on the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey and insisting it’s too early to call it. Intrigued? Click here.

9:47 p.m. – A big blow to the NJGOP: Jay Webber (R) has lost in NJ-11 to Mikie Sherrill (D). The Republican was outspent dramatically

9:45 p.m. – Burlington County Republicans say their county control race is too close to call.

9:39 p.m. – Bob Hugin won Gloucester County, a Democrat-controlled county carried by Donald Trump in 2016:

9:28 p.m. – Republican Chris Smith (NJ4) has easily defeated Democrat challenger Josh Welle.


9:25 p.m. – GOP incumbent Tom MacArthur leads challenger Andy Kim by 26%. That’s with 25% reporting.

9:22 p.m. – Only in New Jersey…

9:13 p.m. — Former N.J. 07 candidate Patrick Morrisey fell short tonight in his quest for a West Virginia U.S. Senate seat.

9:03 p.m. — The Hugin people are adamant that Bob Hugin’s night isn’t over notwithstanding the press all falling in line and calling the race. Fox News is among them. CBS’s Philly station reported that and then reverse course (without issuing a retraction). Menendez leads by 4-points with 21% of precincts reporting.

8:52 p.m. –No surprise: per NewJerseyGlobe, Republicans failed to flip LD38 in a special election.

8:47 p.m. – CBS News is reporting Hugin is conceding, but…

8:40 p.m. – Now NBC joins the call for Menendez.

8:36 p.m. – ABC is projecting the U.S. Senate race for Bob Menendez, but no one else has.

8:31 p.m. – Something everyone is thinking about tonight in New Jersey: absentee ballots. Murphy changed the rules this year, and if New Jersey races end the evening tight? They could day days or even longer to resolve. Monmouth Clerk Christine Hanlon wrote about it for Save Jersey right here.

8:20 p.m. – No matter what happens tonight in New Jersey, national Republicans may have Bob Hugin to thank for saving the U.S. Senate (if that’s what indeed happens). Why? Hugin’s massive self-spending blitz diverted superior but still finite Democrat resources in the final weeks of Election 2018 from other battlegrounds (like Indiana, Missouri, and Arizona):

8:14 p.m. – The only sure thing right now in N.J.? Lots of voting. Democrat AND Republican voters showed up today. That might be an ill omen state-wide if partisans stay in the respective parties’ columns, but strong GOP turnout could be a good sign for some endangered Republicans who doubted if their bases were going to materialize. Stay tuned.