Friday, November 28th, 2014

Menendez defeats Kyrillos for U.S. Senate, House incumbents sail to victory

Supporters cheer at U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's election night headquarters.
Supporters cheer at U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's election night headquarters.

From the presidential race to contests in New Jersey for U.S. Senate and House seats, incumbents came out on top in Tuesday's election.

President Barack Obama defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney after taking several battleground states, including Virginia and Ohio.

Check out every fact-check on Obama's statements by visiting his Truth-O-Meter file here, and see if he's kept his 2008 campaign promises in this story from our PolitiFact National colleagues.

New Jersey's U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat, won a second term after soundly defeating Republican challenger, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos.

Menendez received 58 percent of the vote and Kyrillos walked away with 40 percent, according to unofficial results.

To see all of PolitiFact New Jersey's fact-checks on the U.S. Senate race, go here. You can review every fact-check on Menendez claims here, and on Kyrillos claims here.

Also on the ballot Tuesday were 12 House races in New Jersey, including a few incumbents who have previously faced the Truth-O-Meter.

In the 7th Congressional District race, Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican, defeated Democrat Upendra Chivukula, 58 percent to 40 percent, according to unofficial results.

Check out our fact-checks on Lance claims here, and on Chivukula claims here.

Republican Congressman Jon Runyan also held onto his seat in the 3rd Congressional District, fending off beating Democrat Shelley Adler. You can see all of our fact-checks from that battle here.

More fact-checks on the way

As we previously explained, the PolitiFact New Jersey team is getting back into fact-checking mode after assisting our Star-Ledger colleagues in covering Hurricane Sandy, aftereffects of the storm and the election. So, be sure to check out our website this weekend as we put more claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

If you've heard any storm- or election-related claims you think are worth checking, drop us an e-mail at politifactnj@starledger.com.