TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds the race for U.S. Senate in New Jersey has tightened.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows 53 percent of likely voters back Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker, while 41 percent support former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. The special election is Oct. 16.
A poll of registered votes in August showed Booker was leading the conservative Republican by 25 percent.
Booker gets the majority of his backing from women, who support him 60 percent to 34 percent. Men and independents are split.
Pollster Maurice Carroll says the results could be driven by bad news about Newark crime and publicity about Booker’s business ventures.
The telephone survey of 948 likely voters was conducted from Sept. 19-22. It has an error margin of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.
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