Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg leads Republican challenger Dick Zimmer by thirteen percentage points, 49%-36%, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released today. A July 17, 2006 Quinnipiac poll had Republican Tom Kean, Jr. and incumbent Bob Menendez in a statistical dead heat: Kean 40%, Menendez 38%. A June 19, 2002 Quinnipiac poll had incumbent Bob Torricelli leading his GOP challenger, Douglas Forrester, 44%-36% And a July 27, 2000 Quinnipiac poll had Democrat Jon Corzine running twenty points ahead of Republican Bob Franks, 50%-30%. By Election Day, only the Corzine/Franks race was close.
For extreme political junkies, more on Zimmer polls: when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1996, a June Eagleton/Rutgers poll showed him trailing Torricelli by eight points, 39%-31%. The race was 38%-32% in September, 40%-35% in October, and in the final week of the campaign, 40%-36%. Torricelli defeated Zimmer, 53%-43%.