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Defeated Republican Candidates in Michigan, NJ Have Bright Futures

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 07:18 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Although Bob Hugin and John James lost races for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey and Michigan respectively, both are immediately considered Republicans with bright futures.

Hugin, a former U.S. Marine and former CEO of a biopharmaceutical company, lost to New Jersey’s Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez 53.1 to 43.7 percent.  In failing to become the Garden State’s first Republican U.S. Senator since 1978, Hugin spent an estimated $24 million of his own fortune.

The resulting name recognition for Hugin has led to prompt speculation he would challenge Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in 2019.  Supporters noted that another New Jersey Republican, Christie Todd Whitman, lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and went on to unseat a Democratic governor in 1993.

Michigan’s James lost to three-term Sen. Debbie Stabenow by 52 to 46 percent. West Point graduate James saw action in Iraq and then took over his family’s business James Group International, leading it from $35 million to $137 million in revenue.

Only the second black candidate on a statewide Republican ticket in Michigan history, James ran as unabashedly pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and pro-Trump.

With Democrats sweeping the governorship and all three statewide elected offices, James is being talked of as a likely contender for a statewide office in 2022.  He could also run for Michigan’s other Senate seat in 2020, when Democratic incumbent Gary Peters is up for election. 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
 

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