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.