Booker continues to hold commanding lead in Senate contest

Newark Mayor Cory Booker maintains the daunting lead he has shown throughout the U.S. Senate contest, according to a new poll from Monmouth University.

According to the poll from Monmouth University, 49 percent of respondents said they would vote for the mayor in the upcoming Democratic primary.  Just 12 percent say they would vote for his next closest competitor, U.S Rep. Frank Pallone.  U.S. Rep. Rush Holt at 8 percent and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver at 3 percent round out the field.

Booker has maintained a lead of about 40 points throughout the primary contest.  The winner will face either Republican Steve Lonegan, who also leads in the polls, or Dr. Alieta Eck in the race to fill the seat formerly held by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died last month.

Voters largely have a favorable view of Booker with nearly two thirds (64 percent) saying they like the Newark mayor and only 8 percent holding an unfavorable view.  A third of voters have a favorable view of Pallone against just 3 percent holding an unfavorable view, but 65 percent have no opinion of the Congressman. 

Almost a quarter (24 percent) hold a favorable view of Holt against 5 percent with an unfavorable view, but 70 percent have no opinion of the congressman from the 12th District. Just 17 percent of voters hold a favorable view of Oliver with 7 percent holding an unfavorable view, but 76 percent have no opinion of the Assembly Speaker.

Booker continues to hold commanding lead in Senate contest