Number of the Day: 49%

July 17, 2013 | Number of The Day
Candidate Booker’s lead

Although Cory Booker’s lead in the race to become the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate appears to be “impregnable” at 49 percent of likely voters, says Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. He adds that New Jersey Democrats “would be satisfied with any of these candidates as their nominee for U.S. Senate. They are simply going for the one they feel they know best.”

With the primary four weeks away, Monmouth University found that likely Democratic primary voters would choose Booker (with 49 percent support), then U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (12 percent), followed by U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (8 percent), and lastly Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (3 percent). Booker’s support cut across racial and geographic divides.

The only two factors that are seen as significant is the potential turnout — the primary is in August — and the large number of undecided voters (28 percent).