Booker still ahead in New Jersey special Senate race
October 9th, 2013
08:22 AM ET
6 months ago

Booker still ahead in New Jersey special Senate race

(CNN) – Democratic nominee Cory Booker maintains his 12 percentage point lead over Republican rival Steve Lonegan one week before Election Day, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac University survey shows Booker, mayor of Newark, has a 53%-41% lead among likely New Jersey voters over Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota, in the special Senate race held to fill the remainder of the term of late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

The poll results remain unchanged from a Quinnipiac survey taken two weeks ago. The latest poll was conducted after the two candidates faced off in their first televised debate on Friday, and the survey's release comes hours before the two men debate for a second and final time.

A month ago, Booker had a much wider lead over Lonegan, by as much as 35 percentage points. The two Quinnipiac polls in the last two weeks, as well as a recent Monmouth University survey, show his lead has narrowed to about 12 points.

While each candidate carries an overwhelming majority of their respective party's voters in the new survey, Lonegan has more support among independents, 50%-44%. But with New Jersey being a state where Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans, Booker is still on top.

The new poll also comes after Booker made headlines for having private Twitter exchanges with an exotic dancer, a story that the candidate essentially shrugged off. His relationship with the dancer failed to rise to the level of scandal that engulfed former Rep. Anthony Weiner, or other politicians caught sending unexpected messages online.

Despite Booker's Twitter dust-up, women support the Newark mayor over Lonegan by a huge margin of 62% to 31%, while men back Lonegan over Booker, 51%-44%.

Three-quarters of women find the exotic dancer story a non-legitimate issue in the race, according to the poll.

A large racial gap is also present, with 93% of blacks supporting the Democratic candidate and none supporting Lonegan, according to the poll.

Five percent of likely voters say they remain undecided, while six percent say there is a "good chance" they will change their mind before next week.

"It's still not the predicted blow-out, but with a week to go, Newark Mayor Cory Booker hangs on to a nice, if not exactly comfortable, double-digit lead," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

Quinnipiac interviewed 899 likely voters in New Jersey by telephone from October 5-7, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.


Filed under: 2013 • Cory Booker • New Jersey • Polls • Senate • Steve Lonegan
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    The new poll also comes after Booker made headlines for having private Twitter exchanges with an exotic dancer, a story which the candidate essentially shrugged off.
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    Twitter is Booker's biggest sin. The reason why the exchanges didn't rise to the level of a Weiner scandal is because there wasn't anything scandalous about it. Anyone on Twitter who follows Booker will be quick to tell you that he might reply to anyone about any topic. He can turn into a serious chatterbox if he's sitting on a plane, or waiting for one. To anyone who knows how Twitter works, they knew that it was nothing. Besides, the man is single.

    October 9, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Data Driven

    Democrats need better Democratic leaders. What the numbers tell me is that the more people look at Booker, the more that "tea party"-approved Lonegan looks like a viable option for a Blue state.

    Squishy, moderate, "bi-partisan", media-friendly Booker, with all his rich friends, who even needs the Vice President to come up to help him, is only up by 12 points. He WAS up 35 points before people started paying attention. Not good, Democrats. Hm. Maybe it's time to embrace liberal leaders, instead of faux-Democrats who want to be "bi-partisan" and cave to the insurrectionist "tea party". The Left needs leaders - Booker ain't it. At least thus far. I hope he surprises me.

    October 9, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. kirk

    Romney in a landslide, ha, the gop has ruined any weight the polls once carried, another propaganda tool exploited for party gain, just tiresome: disgusting is the new norm for Republicans. Get rid of them, their hosts for the tea party parasites nothing more.

    October 9, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. wendel

    thank goodness. He is a real up and comer unlike the trolls on the right.

    October 9, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. emskadittle

    Senate 2014 then Whitehouse 2016 Hiliary/Booker 2016!!!

    October 9, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Uh-oh. While Newark Mayor Cory Booker "hangs on to a nice, if not exactly comfortable, (12 pt) double-digit lead" in this particular poll, the above article showing a 36 Democratic vs Republican and a 33 Independent vs Republican difference is being hailed as "slight partisan divide".

    Got to love CNN talking points.

    October 9, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Sorry. My previous article should have stated 36 Democratic vs 23 Republican and 33 Independent vs 23 Republican.

    October 9, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |