Poll: Booker's lead over Lonegan shrinking

Poll: Booker's lead over Lonegan shrinking

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Cory Booker (left) and Steve Lonegan (AP photos) Cory Booker (left) and Steve Lonegan (AP photos)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker leads former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan in the race for the open Senate seat in New Jersey but the race is tightening dramatically, according to a new poll.

A survey of likely voters has Booker leading his Republican opponent 53 - 41 percent according to Quinnipiac University.

Booker's had a 25 point lead among registered voters in a poll last month.

Booker's margin is based on women, who back him 60 - 34 percent. Men are divided with 48 percent for Lonegan and 46 percent for Booker, according to the poll.

"Maybe that 'show horse vs. work horse' charge from Republican Steve Lonegan is having an impact," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "While we can't make a direct comparison between registered voters and likely voters, Mayor Cory Booker did have a 54 - 29 percent registered voter lead over Lonegan in Quinnipiac University's August 7 pre-primary survey."

Carroll said the results could be driven by the bad news about Newark crime, plus the publicity about Booker's business ventures.

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