Newark Mayor Booker strong favorite in today's Senate race

McClatchy Washington BureauOctober 16, 2013 


New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, participates in a debate with Steve Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota, at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.


Newark Mayor Cory Booker is a heavy favorite to win a U.S. Senate seat as New Jersey voters go to the polls Wednesday.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Booker ahead 54-40 over Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan.

Booker, a Democrat, would boost the party's Senate majority to 54-46 if elected. He is vying for the seat of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who died earlier this year.

Booker stands to benefit Wednesday from a huge gender gap, according to the poll. Women prefer him by 58-36 percent, while men give Booker a 50-45 edge.

The Newark mayor also has overwhelming support in the black community--93-1. Booker, if elected, would become the Senate's only current Democratic African-American senator.

The poll was conducted October 10-14.



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