TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A new poll shows Newark Mayor Cory Booker is enjoying a big lead over his opponents in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
The Monmouth University survey released Tuesday shows Booker with the support of 49 percent of Democrats likely to vote in the Aug. 13 primary. His closest competitor, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, got 12 percent. U.S. Rep. Rush Holt received 8 percent of the vote while Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, the only woman in the race, got 3 percent.
Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray said Booker’s opponents might be trying to use his fame against him, but are not gaining traction doing so.