54 Percent Of Likely Democratic Primary Voters Support Newark Mayor

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Cory Booker dominates a poll of likely voters with less than a week to go before New Jersey’s special U.S. Senate race primary on Tuesday.

The Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday shows 54 percent of likely Democratic primary voters support the Newark mayor.

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U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone gets 17 percent, Rep. Rush Holt receives 15 percent and Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver is backed by 5 percent.

Booker has more support than his three opponents combined.

“What they don’t have, according to the Quinnipiac numbers, is any real statewide identification,” said poll director Maurice Carroll.

There was the belief among some people that if Holt and Pallone didn’t run against each other, one of them might’ve had a fighting chance against Booker, but the numbers don’t support that, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

“The two of them together don’t come up even close to Booker,” said Carroll.

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Steve Lonegan trumps Alieta Eck 74 to 10 percent among likely Republican primary voters.

Booker leads Lonegan 54 to 29 percent among registered voters surveyed in the race to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

“He leads among white voters, he leads among black voters, he leads among women — Booker has this thing sewed up,” Carroll told 1010 WINS.

“Cory Booker could rent a room in Washington right now,” Carroll told WCBS 880.

The poll of 2,042 New Jersey voters has a higher sampling error among the smaller subsets of Democratic and Republic voters.

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