Quinnipiac: Booker far ahead of Holt and Pallone

In a Quinnipiac University matchup, Newark Mayor Cory Booker more than handily leads two of his opponents in the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary.

According to the poll released this morning, Booker gets 53% of the vote, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) receives 10%, and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) receives 9%. 

Twenty-three percent of voters are undecided, according to the poll.

Booker also would defeat former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan in the general election, according to Quinnipiac: 54-27%.

Pallone leads Lonegan 39-29% and Holt tops the Republican 36-31%.

“It’s Newark Mayor Cory Booker in a runaway in this first look at the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Frank Lautenberg,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. 

Quinnipiac conducted the poll before its pollsters knew Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) was getting in the race.

Oliver told fellow Democratic leaders about her plans at a meeting last night.

Quinnipiac: Booker far ahead of Holt and Pallone