Talking about the reporting on the NJ senate race the other day, which has the Republican candidate Hugin in a dead heat - and in some polls pulling ahead - of Bob Menendez. The anti-Menendez ads have been pretty harsh and I’ve heard a lot of people, Democrats, who won’t vote for Menendez - they just won’t pull that lever at all.
And someone said, “If Menendez sinks any further, they’ll just pull a Torricelli.” Back around '02, Democrat Torricelli was facing Republican Forrester for a NJ senate seat. Torricelli, weathering some scandals, was more than 10 points down in the polls, and 35 days before the election, he stepped down as the candidate and the Democrats appointed Frank Lautenberg in his place. It became a court case - NJ law allows candidates to be replaced 51 days before an election but the court ruled that the law didn’t specifically prohibit switching candidates with fewer than 51 days before the election, and held for the Lautenberg nomination - Lautenberg won.
The guy I was speaking with believes that if Menendez sinks any further, the party will pressure him to step down and run another candidate.