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Poll: Booker Extends Lead Over Lonegan in U.S. Senate Race

With the Oct. 16 special U.S. Senate election looming, Democrat Cory Booker has increased his lead over Republican Steve Lonegan, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll.

The poll shows the Newark mayor with a 58 percent to 36 percent lead over the former Bogota mayor in the race to succeed the late Frank Lautenberg.

The poll found that 43 percent of all likely voters followed the debates between the two, with independents favoring Booker by a 59 percent to 37 percent margin.

“Other recent polls showed a narrower lead for Booker, but voters we talked to seem to have moved back in his direction,” David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers, said in a release about the results. “The debates presented a stark picture of the differences between the candidates, which appears to have led independents to prefer Booker. While both candidates came out swinging, Lonegan’s attacks bordered on the taboo, with his ‘floating dead bodies’ and ‘big black hole’ comments about Newark, reminiscent of the rhetoric that got him into hot water early in the campaign. Independents in particular dislike these kinds of attack.”

The results are from a sample of 513 likely voters, with a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percent, according to the release.

For more on this, visit the Eagleton Poll Blog.

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