With more than 99 percent of the votes counted in Hudson County, Rob Menendez, Jr. is the unofficial winner in a landslide, Democratic Primary race for the 8th Congressional District nomination heading into November’s General Election. Menendez, who had support from the Democratic organizations in Hudson, Essex and Union Counties, secured 83.02 percent of the vote, a total of 19,455 tallies, far outdistancing opponents David Ocampo Grajales, who received 2,700 votes, or 11.52 percent and Ane Roseborough-Eberhard, who finished with 1,233 votes, or 5.26 percent. Menendez now takes on Republican Primary winner Marcos A. Arroyo, who ran unopposed.
Menendez thanked voters last night, saying “We have always said that we need meet this moment together. And tonight, with the working families of the 8th Congressional District behind us, we did. I am grateful for their support and their faith in our campaign.”
Menendez went on to thank his wife and his parents, and his two opponents who he said ran “spirited campaigns.”
“Our mission from day one has been to meet as many voters as possible to understand their challenges and their aspirations. Since declaring our candidacy, we have visited every municipality in the District, going to places of worship, small businesses, community events, parades and everything in between. And we haven’t stopped.”
No doubt Menendez is the overwhelming favorite in the November election, but that will not stop him from campaigning hard and expressing his beliefs and his views as they pertain to the 8th Congressional District.