Cory Booker Has Early Lead in NJ Senate Race

Polls shows more than half of New Jersey voters support Newark mayor's race

cory booker smilingNewark mayor Cory Booker, who announced his bid for the New Jersey’s vacant senate seat over the weekend, holds a substantial early lead in the race.

According to the first statewide polls since Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s passing last week, more than half of New Jersey said they had a favorable opinion of Booker, Reuters reports.

Booker also holds a commanding lead over his Democratic rivals — Representatives Frank Pallone and Rush Holt, and State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver — for the August 13 primary.

The Quinnipiac poll, released Monday, showed 53 percent of Democratic voters supporting Booker. That’s compared with the 10 percent who are backing Holt, the 9 percent backing Pallone and the 23 percent who are undecided.

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