Menendez defeats Kyrillos for U.S. Senate, House incumbents sail to victory
By Bill Wichert
Published on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 12:20 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The Star-Ledger, Obama wins 2012 presidential election, defeats Romney in tight race, Nov. 6, 2012
The Star-Ledger, Robert Menendez wins second U.S. Senate term, Nov. 6, 2012
Associated Press, Election Results: U.S. Senate race, accessed Nov. 7, 2012
Associated Press, Election results: New Jersey Congressional races, Nov. 7, 2012
The Star-Ledger, Election 2012: Incumbents rule in N.J. House races, Nov. 7, 2012
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