NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The three lesser-known Democrats seeking New Jersey’s open U.S. Senate seat are in a race against time to overcome Cory Booker’s lead.
The Newark mayor has been the dominant force, with congressmen Frank Pallone and Rush Holt and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver so far unable to break from the pack.
More unites the candidates than separates them: They appeared jointly to offer foreclosure remedies in front of a Newark home, all support gay marriage, and they even shared a table at a recent Democratic Party unity breakfast.
Oliver says each brings a different perspective to the race. A recent poll showed her trailing the others.
But Quinnipiac University pollster Maurice Carroll says Booker’s national profile makes him an almost surefire winner in the Aug. 13 primary.