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NJ Rep. Holt wants to bring science into politics

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — A major theme of Rep. Rush Holt’s campaign for the U.S. Senate is something politicians don’t usually talk much about: Bringing scientific thinking into political decision making.

A rocket scientist by training, Holt has been trying to reach voters not only by traditional diner visits but also through wonky online videos.

The Democrat was joined Tuesday night by a panel of scientists and other experts for an in-person and online campaign event his staff called “Geek out.”

The 200 people at the event in person cheered when he suggested the Senate needs a scientist.

Polls show Holt lagging far behind Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the four-way Aug. 13 Democratic primary. The winner of an Oct. 16 special election will serve the remainder of the late Frank Lautenberg’s term.