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Poll: Booker Holds Sizable Lead in NJ Senate Race

Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 02:19 PM

By Dan Weil

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker is running away from the potential field in next year’s Democratic senatorial primary in New Jersey, according to a poll from Farleigh Dickinson University.

Booker has 50 percent of support among Democratic voters, while 32 percent are undecided.

Among other potential Democratic candidates for the seat being vacated by Democrat Frank Lautenberg’s retirement, Rep. Rush Holt has 7 percent support, and Rep. Frank Pallone 4 percent.

Booker’s support has increased from 42 percent in January, when Lautenberg was still part of the poll.

“Senator Lautenberg’s formal announcement that he won’t seek re-election in 2014 has definitely opened the door for those aspiring to his seat,” Krista Jenkins, director of Fairleigh Dickinson’s polling unit said in a statement.

“Although it’s early and we are more than one year away from the Democratic primary, Booker’s early lead will be helpful in attempts to raise money and rally the party behind his candidacy.”

In a race against potential Republican candidate Geraldo Rivera, a Fox News commentator, Booker leads 52 to 21 percent, with 26 percent undecided.

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