GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) — With one week to go before a special election for U.S. Senate, Democrat Cory Booker is betting that New Jersey voters will find Republican Steve Lonegan’s support for the government shutdown and opposition to gay marriage too extreme.
Booker, the second term mayor of Newark, and Lonegan, the former state director of a group advocating for limited government and expanded personal liberties, squared off in the second of two debates on Wednesday night.
The first debate had fireworks. This one contained explosive comments.
Booker maintains a comfortable lead in the race. However, after coasting through the Democratic primary, he has had to work harder in the general election campaign.
New Jerseyans have not elected a Republican to U.S. Senate in more than 40 years. In the state, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 400,000.
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