PPP Poll: Cory Booker would have good shot at a Senate seat

The Newark mayor is a popular choice for a Senate run in New Jersey


Jillian Rayfield
November 29, 2012 11:15PM (UTC)

A PPP poll finds that Newark Mayor Cory Booker is a favorite among New Jersey Democrats for a potential Senate seat in 2014, should he decide to make a bid for it.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, 88, also a Democrat, is the current seat-holder, and so far has not announced his plans for 2014. Lautenberg has a 43/36 approval rating, according to PPP, and would have a big win in a hypothetical race against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

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But according to the poll, only 36 percent of Democratic primary voters in the state say he should run again, and 45 percent say he should retire. From PPP:

If Lautenberg was to retire- or even if he doesn't- the choice of New Jersey Democrats to be their next Senator is clear: Cory Booker. By a 59/22 margin Democrats say they would prefer their candidate in 2014 be Booker than Lautenberg. And Booker emerges as the strong favorite in an open seat situation too. 48% would want Booker as their candidate compared to 17% for Rob Andrews and 13% for Frank Pallone, both Congressmen who have shown an interest in moving up.

Booker has been floated as a potential challenger to Republican Gov. Chris Christie in 2013, though Christie is currently enjoying a surge in popularity following Hurricane Sandy.


Jillian Rayfield

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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