Skip to comments.New Jersey Senate: Booker (D) 48%, Bell (R) 35%
Posted on 06/22/2014 12:08:42 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Democrat Cory Booker, running for reelection after less than a year in office, holds a double-digit lead over Republican challenger Jeff Bell in New Jerseys U.S. Senate race.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely New Jersey Voters finds Booker with 48% support to Bells 35%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and 13% are undecided.
(Excerpt) Read more at rasmussenreports.com ...
This is surprising, given that Bell lives in Virginia and Booker’s national celebrity. Does Bell come from a wealthy family? New Jersey is an expensive state to advertise in and I don’t think the GOP can afford a major ad buy there, given all the other more competitive races this year.
For a guy who is supposedly so popular, 48% really doesn’t impress me. He will probably win in November, but most likely because of the “D” after his name,
But if Obama really tanks between now and November, all bets are off.
Yes, New Jersey folks, by all means, please send us another Obama drone to the US Senate.
Disagree. ODimwits numbers, per pretty much all decent polls, have zero to do with local races. Furthermore, Congress is even more in the tank, especially the GOPe, than Obama on a bad day.
No. We need real Tea Part leaders not just hoping that people don’t like ODimwit and suddenly vote GOP. About 10% of those that don’t like ODimwit are Liberals who don’t like him because they don’t think he is Liberal enough.
We keep waiting for an implosion. Never gonna happen with the Republic lurching Left every day. We need not just people we might like but real Leaders ... Conservative Leaders. As it stands now, we have none. And THAT is worrisome not just for this November but especially for 2016.
Like a lot of people on here, I came to know of Bell through his writings in NR and elsewhere. I also voted for him this time around in an underwhelming primary. But he’s gone in with the open-borders crowd, having a fundraiser in DC with Al Cardenas and other supporters of La Reconquista. On the bright side, he won’t embarrass the GOP—he is a vey bright guy. But his gold bug fetish (I’m not necessarily opposed, but this is not a winning issue) and Chamber of Commerce tendencies will have me — and donors with REAL $$$ — spending elsewhere. Too bad. Plenty of dirt on Booker, sorry , the heterosexual moderate Cory Booker, but he’s Senator for Life, or until he gets to POTUS/VPOTUS status.
Remember -- this is a state where the highest honor bestowed upon our high-profile residents is to have a bunch of toilets on the New Jersey Turnpike named after them.
Jeff Bell, bless is heart, is the one the send out to fight when no one else will, but David rarely slews Goliath in politics.
I didn’t know that J. Bell had moved left. Not really a surprise, I presume.
“Remember — this is a state where the highest honor bestowed upon our high-profile residents is to have a bunch of toilets on the New Jersey Turnpike named after them. “
And the second highest is to avoid prison during and for a period of 5 years after leaving office.
Yes very surprising.
Why shouldn't they go Democrat? They lose very little.
It's income earners that lose.
Taxing income is taxing future growth. The North East has already had it's growth so Democrats don't mind raising taxes (on other people).
Any relation to the US Senate candidate from 1978?
Bradley beat him 55-43.
So is it the same guy who ran in 1978?
It will be a cold day where Obama comes from when and if this crap-hole state elects a Republican senator.
Hmm....I don’t have much hope for him then.
I wonder what the record is for longest time between unsuccessful Senate runs is?
Longest time between unsuccessful and successful?
Raese (WV) comes to mind...1984, 2006, 2010, 2012...22 years for that first stretch.
From the other direction: Walter Mondale 1972 (successful), 2002 (unsuccessful), 30 years.
Well, Bell served a positive purpose in 1978 taking out the ultraleftist RINO Sen. Clifford Case in the primary. Problem is all the angry leftists then voted for Bill Bradley in the general.
That’s an excellent question, the longest time between a first run for the Senate and a victory. Of course, Raese never did win. You can come up with a number of perennial officeseekers, we’ve got one guy in my state who has never won (John Jay Hooker), and he’s been running since the 1960s and will be on the ballot again this year for Governor (he was the official Dem nominee in 1970 & 1998, though the Dems hate him because he’s wanted to end their unconstitutional control of our state judiciary).
I would tend to think no more than a decade for those successful, since perennials become jokes. The only one that springs to mind that went longer is probably the current Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, who went 18 years between an unsuccessful and successful run for the Senate. He ran against Sen. Dave Durenberger in 1982 and lost. He tried again in 2000 against Sen. Rod Grams and was successful (though he quit after a single term, worried he was going to lose reelection, but ran for Governor in 2010 and took a narrow plurality).
Harry Reid went 12 years, first losing in 1974 against ex-Gov. Paul Laxalt, and coming back in 1986 when Sen. Laxalt retired (just think, that cretin could’ve been in the Senate that much longer !).
John Glenn took 10 years, first running in 1964 against incumbent leftist Democrat Stephen Young and losing the primary, but prevailing in the 1974 primary against leftist Sen. appointee Howard Metzenbaum (the latter came back 2 years later to win the other seat against a weak incumbent Sen. Bob Taft, Jr.).
South Dakota’s Larry Pressler is sort of an “opposite” to this. He easily won the Senate seat in 1978 as a sitting Congressman. He was defeated in 1996. He’s running again for the same seat as an Independent (which he has little chance of winning).
Mark Warner of VA ran against RINO John Warner in 1996 and lost, served a term as Governor, and was successfully elected 12 years later to the Senate in 2008 (and running for reelection this year, with John Warner’s endorsement).
Well, anyway, those are some off the top of my head of more recent vintage.
Yup, that’s an excellent reverse example.
I don’t think he was originally from New Jersey. He’s associated with this state — and he does have a rest area on the Turnpike named after him — because he was a Princeton graduate.
Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia and raised in different Southern locales. He was also Governor of New Jersey before being elected President.
Booker is an a$sclown, such an a$sclown that Steve Loseagain only lost to him by 11 points. Any Republican with a pulse should be able to be within 13 points of him, so in that vein, I am not surprised.
I have zero expectation Bell can actually get much closer than that, let alone win. But here’s to hoping.
From Virginia, but also Governor of New Jersey.