Poll: Cory Booker likely has his Senate race in the bag

A Q poll shows Booker with a 30-point lead in the Democratic primary next week

Topics: New Jersey, Democrats, Cory Booker, Frank Lautenberg, 2013 Elections, Steve Lonegan,

A new poll from Quinnipiac University finds Newark Mayor Cory Booker heading for a win in the special election to fill the late-Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s New Jersey Senate seat. According to the poll, Booker has a 30-point lead going into next week’s Democratic primary, coming in with 54 percent of the vote.

From the poll:

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone has 17 percent of likely voters, with 15 percent for U.S. Rep. Rush Holt and 5 percent for State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. Only 8 percent of voters remain undecided. This is the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University’s first measure of likely primary voters in this cycle and can not be compared to earlier surveys of registered voters.

A total of 65 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, including 66 percent of Booker backers, say they definitely will vote for the candidate they have named.

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In the general election, Booker still has a healthy lead against likely Republican nominee Steve Lonegan, at 54-29 percent.


Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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