N.J. Poll: Commanding lead for Cory Booker
September 11th, 2013
11:53 AM ET
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N.J. Poll: Commanding lead for Cory Booker

(CNN) - With just over a month to go until the special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey, a new poll indicates Democratic candidate Cory Booker holds a more than two to one advantage over Republican Steve Lonegan.

According to a Rutgers-Eagleton survey released Wednesday, 64% of likely voters in the Senate special election support Booker, the two-term major of Newark, New Jersey, who's considered a rising star in the Democratic party, with 29% backing Lonegan, the former mayor of the northern New Jersey town of Bogota.

A victory in the October 16 contest would make Booker the first African-American elected to the Senate since Barack Obama in Illinois in 2004. The victor in the election will finish the term of the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year.

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Booker's 35 point lead over Lonegan is up from a 54%-38% advantage for Booker in a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll conducted late last month.

According to the new survey, Booker is winning more than 90% of Democrats while Lonegan grabs the backing of three-quarters of Republicans. Booker holds a 52%-38% lead over Lonegan among independent voters.

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"The nearly unanimous party support is a key for Booker," said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. "Democrats seem motivated in this election, and may even be more likely to turn out than Republicans, who are much more split on their candidate."

The poll also indicates Booker benefitting from name recognition and a positive impression (63%), while more than half of likely voters don't know enough about Lonegan to form an impression.

The Rutgers-Eagleton poll was conducted September 3-9, with 433 likely voters in New Jersey questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    Fox-lite translation......
    Time to take him down!!!

    September 11, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Lonegan blew for himself when he began opening his mouth in public and allowing his thoughts to escape. Shocking.

    September 11, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. just asking

    cory booker is an obama door mat. whose interest will he be representing? obama's or the people of nj? wake up nj and get it right.

    September 11, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Mel

    How ironic. Another young African-American politician who could be an alternative to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    September 11, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein

    This isn't a huge surprise. The only disappointing issue I have with the special election is that this isn't being done on the day where the rest of the 2013 elections are being done in NJ. Christie was and is afraid that any support for Booker would roll over to Buono and hurt him. That strikes me as being cowardly.

    September 11, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    cory booker is an obama door mat. whose interest will he be representing? obama's or the people of nj? wake up nj and get it right.
    Why, he will be representing Pres. Obama's interests in the people of New Jersey, of course. Just like how Chris Christie has been representing the president's interests in the people of New Jersey ever since Superstorm Sandy hit.

    September 11, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Norma Vessels

    New Jersey's already getting it right, 'just asking.' They want someone they can trust to help them, and not the big money guys who have too much already.

    September 11, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Donna

    Has Cory Booker shown the voters Obama's boot marks on his backside yet?

    (why the censorship CNN??!!)

    September 11, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. I REFUSE to be Cory Bookered

    This guy has already shown his position and opinion can be controlled from the Obama White House. Not very independent if you ask me.

    September 11, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. skarphace

    Booker would be my top choice for POTUS in 2016, and Christie would be my hopeful on the Republican side. A Booker vs Christie matchup would be very interesting in my opinion. The only question is if Christie can convince enough Tea Party voters to get him the nomination. Hillary could spoil the party also, of course, but if she goes up against a big name like Booker or Cuomo, then her Benghazi ghosts will likely rise up and bite her.

    September 11, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    @I REFUSE,

    Cite your evidence.

    In any case, you're wrong. Booker is well-known for going on Morning Joe about once a week to concern-troll the President. Not a history of personal warmth there.

    What I find interesting is the deep concern from some conservatives about Booker's particular susceptibility to Obama's influence. More than one comment here expresses that concern. Now I wonder why that is.

    September 11, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. skarphace

    Donna: Has Cory Booker shown the voters Obama's boot marks on his backside yet?

    Don't you get it yet? Booker will win the Senate nomination easily, which will make the Democrat hold on the Senate even more solid. In addition, whoever wins the Democrat nomination in 2016 will have the advantage going into the race for POTUS as the Democrats have the numbers across the country, thanks to Republicans alienating women, gays, non-Christians, and minorities. All the Republicans can hope for is to hold the House, and even that will be questionable once Texas and Arizona go blue (which, due to the influx of Hispanics, will probably happen in the next decade).

    Unless Republicans change their evil ways, turn their backs on obstructionists like Norquist, inflammatory groups like the NRA, and the Theocratic/racist evangelicals, and once again become the party of "compassionate conservatives", then the time when they become irrelevant as a party is going to happen. Personally, I hope they do change their ways, but I am not very hopeful that it will happen anytime soon.

    September 11, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |