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MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. — On election night, Bob Hugin insisted it wasn’t his past as a pharmaceutical executive that did him in.

Incessant attacks from his Democratic opponent, $3.5 million worth of ads labeling him “the guy who made a killing” by raising drug prices, and a pharma-focused interview on a nationally syndicated radio show beg to differ.


Hugin, who was running against Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, lost by nine points in his bid for New Jersey’s Senate seat on Tuesday. He conceded early in the evening, telling a crowd of supporters dotted with red hats and blue shirts emblazoned with Hugin’s de facto campaign slogan — “send in a Marine” — that New Jersey deserved better. Springsteen blared. Fox News showed Elizabeth Warren’s face. The crowd booed. Hugin grabbed a Budweiser.

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  • Was going to vote for Hugin. After a month of being conflicted I decided to vote for Hugin but at the last minute voted for Menendez because of Trump. I know Trump is a low life and in the end figured Hugin loves him so he must be in the gutter with the editor and chief reporter for the Fake News (all editions). I know Menendez is a thief but I’ll stick with the thief I know rather than the one I don’t. Al least I know Menendez will fight for healthcare, prescription drugs and social security and education. B

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