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NJ Primary to Decide GOP Senate Nominee

Tuesday vote expected to make Menendez vs. Kyrillos official

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    Democratic NJ Sen. Bob Menendez will face Republican State Sen. Joe Kyrillos in the Decision 2012 Nov. general election.

    Update: The Associated Press is projecting that Republican state Sen. Joe Kyrillos has won the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey and will square off this fall against Democrat Bob Menendez.

    Kyrillos, of Monmouth County, easily defeated three little-known challengers Tuesday. Menendez faced no opposition for his party's nomination for a second six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

    The 58-year-old Menendez has a lot more campaign money in the bank: $9.4 million to Kyrillos' $1.4 million at last count. But the 52-year-old Kyrillos could benefit from out-of-state GOP money if he can keep the race close through the summer.

    A poll taken in May showed Menendez with a 10-point lead over Kyrillos. It also found 25 percent have a negative opinion of the incumbent, but 75 percent say they don't know the challenger.

    Check the complete Decision 2012 primary election results here.


    A November matchup for U.S. Senate between Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez and Republican state Sen. Joe Kyrillos is expected to become official with Tuesday's primary.

    Menendez faces no opposition for his party's nomination for a second six-year term. And Kyrillos, of Monmouth County, faces three little-known challengers.

    The 58-year-old Menendez has a lot more campaign money in the bank: $9.4 million to Kyrillos' $1.4 million. But the 52-year-old Kyrillos could benefit from out-of-state GOP money if he can keep the race close through the summer.

    A Quinnipiac University poll taken in May showed Menendez with a 10-point lead over Kyrillos. The poll also found 25 percent have a negative opinion of the incumbent, but 75 percent say they don't know the challenger.

    Kyrillos has been endorsed by Gov. Chris Christie.

    Check the primary election results here.