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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.

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.

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Sources:

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

Researchers: Bill Wichert

Names in this article: Shelley Adler, Upendra Chivukula, Joseph Kyrillos, Leonard Lance, Robert Menendez, Jon Runyan

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