(CNN) – A month after entering New Jersey's U.S. Senate race, Newark Mayor Cory Booker remains far ahead of his rivals for the Democratic nomination.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Booker at 52% among New Jersey Democratic voters – more than forty points ahead of his closest rival, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, who stood at 10%. A third competitor in the Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, was at 8%.
Booker announced his bid at the beginning of June for the special election held to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term, which ends January 2015.
Following Lautenberg's death, Republican Gov. Chris Christie appointed an interim senator, Republican state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, to hold the seat until the special election in October. Contestants will compete in party primaries on August 13.
An election to a full six-year term will take place in November 2014.
Polled against the top Republican candidate, former Bogota, New Jersey, Mayor Steve Lonegan, Booker holds a 53%-30% advantage.
"It looks as if the speculation was right: Newark Mayor Cory Booker seems to be a shoo-in for the U.S. Senate," Maurice Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said Tuesday.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted July 2-7 by telephone from 1,068 New Jersey voters. The sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The Lautenberg family endorsement hasn't helped Mr. Pallone one bit and I doubt if it ever will.
Absent some huge mistake by Booker, he is a solid favorite to win the senate seat. I think he will be an excellent senator.
Sen. Booker will always have my vote.
This guy speaks nonsens most of the times.
I would vote for Booker if I lived in NJ – I've seen him on the Sunday political talk shows – very impressive
A well adjusted voting block, absent from gop brainwashing, they attack eveything they support when spouting gop.talking points, and where those jobs bills they promised, busy with making scandals i would guess
Before you try legitimising the "scandals", ask yourself, if you were trying to get the truth, would you not view all the evidence?, or cherrypick emails, and rearrange them to mislead
great choice for new jersey, booker all the way.