(CNN) – New Jersey voters head to the polls on Wednesday in a special U.S. Senate election that's become a proxy fight over the federal government shutdown and the bitter partisan battle in the nation's capital over the rollout of the national health care law.
Wednesday's election between two-term Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican nominee Steve Lonegan will also result in a slight shift in the current balance of power in the Senate.
(CNN) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker holds a double-digit lead over Republican candidate Steve Lonegan on the eve of a special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey, according to the latest polls.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday morning indicates Booker, the Democratic nominee, is ahead of Lonegan 54%-40% among likely voters in the Garden State, with 5% unsure. Booker's 14-point lead over Lonegan is virtually unchanged from Quinnipiac's previous poll, which was released last week.
UPDATE 3:35 p.m. ET: A second poll released Monday indicates a much wider gap in the race, with Booker ahead by 22 points, 58%-36%.
(CNN) – The gap between Democratic nominee Cory Booker and Republican nominee Steve Lonegan is shrinking, but Booker still holds onto the lead in the New Jersey special Senate race, according to a poll released Monday, two days before Election Day.
The new Monmouth University survey indicates 52% of likely voters back Booker, while 42% support Lonegan, and four percent undecided.
New Egypt, New Jersey (CNN) – What does a candidate do if he's down in the polls, days from the election, and his opponent is a political celebrity?
Answer: Bring in his own celebrity.
(CNN) - With only a week left until New Jersey’s Senate special election, the only civil moment of Wednesday's final showdown between Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan came at the night's close, with a handshake.
But in between that small gesture of political sportsmanship and the moderator Jim Rosenfield's call to order, New Jersey's senate candidates meted out relentless, and sometimes personal, verbal assaults, criticizing each other on everything from their stances on same-sex marriage to the on-going partial government shutdown.
(CNN) - A conservative Super PAC is questioning Michael Bloomberg's new TV spot that supports New Jersey Senate hopeful Cory Booker and touts the Newark mayor's education achievements.
The American Commitment Action Fund says it's spending $130,000 to run an ad that will air across the Garden State, accusing Booker of failing Newark's schools despite a $100 million donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg to help improve the schools.
(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.
(CNN) – Cory Booker may have taken his diminished lead in the latest polls to heart, starting out on the offensive against Steve Lonegan in the first debate for New Jersey's Senate seat and never letting up.
Lonegan, who trails Booker by 12% and 13% in the most recent polls, returned the favor, blasting Booker's record as mayor of Newark while Booker in turn repeatedly painted Lonegan as a "tea party extremist."
(CNN) – Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has thrown her support behind Steve Lonegan in New Jersey's special U.S. Senate race.
The former Alaska governor released a statement Wednesday promoting the Republican nominee's conservative principles while criticizing Democratic opponent Cory Booker’s “constant tweeting and trips to Hollywood” and leadership as mayor of Newark.
(CNN) – Democrat Cory Booker's U.S. Senate campaign says raised $2.85 million in the last two months, bringing the Newark, New Jersey mayor's total to $11.5 million since January. The Booker campaign is reporting $2.63 million cash on hand.
The campaign of New Jersey Senate Republican nominee Steve Lonegan tells CNN it brought in over a million dollars during that same time period, and has $241,000 in the bank.