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June 11, 2013

New Jerseyans may be divided about who should replace the late Frank Lautenberg in the U.S. Senate, but there is one thing on which they do agree -- the election should have been scheduled for November.

A recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll had 78 percent of those asked saying the Senate election should be held on the traditional Election Day, with even 67 percent of Republicans choosing November (84 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of Independents called for a November election). That sentiment held true for all races and religions, as well as gender.

When Democrats were asked to choose between Newark Mayor Cory Booker, U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone, and Rush Holt, those polled overwhelmingly (55 percent) chose Booker for the seat. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver was not included in the poll since she had yet to announce her candidacy. Pallone earned 9 percent; Holt, 8 percent; and 27 percent said they were undecided.

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