Assemblyman Joseph Pennacchio defeated businesswoman Anne Evans Estabrook in a U.S. Senate ’08 straw poll conducted by PoliticsNJ.com at a Middlesex County Republican breakfast on Sunday. It was the first joint speaking appearance for the two candidates seeking the GOP nod to challenge incumbent Frank Lautenberg.
Pennacchio received 14 votes (74%), while four votes (21%) went for Estabrook. One Republican cast a write-in vote for Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, who is also mulling a Senate bid.
The Middlesex County Republican Organization will formally endorse a candidate early next year. The Middlesex GOP convention is open to all registered Republicans in the county.