Streams

Booker, Lonegan Make Final Pitch to NJ Voters

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WNYC
Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, candidates in the special election to fill New Jersey's vacant US Senate seat.

It's the last day of campaigning for the two candidates in New Jersey's special Senate election.

Polls have consistently shown Democrat Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, in the lead -- but Republican Steve Lonegan has made some headway in recent weeks.

A new poll out this morning from Quinnipiac University has Booker ahead of Lonegan 54 to 40 percent. Recent polls, though, have shown more variable results. A Monmouth University poll released Monday has Booker up 10 points at 52 to 42 percent. Meanwhile, a Rutgers Eagleton Center poll also released Monday has Lonegan trailing Booker by 22 points  --  58 to 36 percent.

Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Haddon said the disparity in the polls reflects the unprecedented nature of the race.

"We haven't had a special election on a statewide level in New Jersey in decades, let alone on a Wednesday," Haddon said. "This is, when it comes down to it, a race of the more motivated base. Cory Booker has a much higher profile than Steve Lonegan, and so his base might just be more motivated, they might come out in a larger degree than Republicans, some who I think have started to become a little more turned off by Steve Lonegan, especially his performance in the last debate."

The New Jersey special election will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16.

To hear a full interview with the Wall Street Journal's Heather Haddon, click audio above.

Tags:

More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Sponsored

Latest Newscast

 

 

Support

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public

Feeds

Supported by