Cory Booker Has Early Lead in NJ Senate Race

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


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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.