Poll: Booker, Lonegan maintain huge leads

WASHINGTON -- With one week to go until New  Jersey's Senate primary, the fundamentals of the race are unchanged: Newark Mayor Cory Booker and conservative leader Steve Lonegan have seemingly insurmountable leads, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released Tuesday morning.

And Booker looks like a sure bet to win the general election match up, too.

Among likely Democratic voters, 54 percent support Booker, compared to 17 percent for U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, 15 percent for U.S. Rep. Rush Holt and 5 percent for Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.

On the Republican side, Lonegan leads physician Alieta Eck 74-10.

In the likely general election match-up, Booker leads Lonegan 54-29 among registered voters.

"Unless the sky falls, Newark Mayor Cory Booker can start looking for a Washington apartment. He dominates both the Democratic primary and a general election against Steve Lonegan," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The Aug. 13 primary is just one week away. The general election is Oct. 16.

The poll surveyed 2,042 New Jersey voters and has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points. It included 388 likely Democratic primary voters with a margin of error of 5 percentage points and 257 likely Republican primary voters with a margin of error of 6.1 percentage points.


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