Poll: Cory Booker leads by 12 in New Jersey Senate race

Cory Booker looks destined to become New Jersey's next senator. But a series of distractions teaches us about his future on the national stage. (The Washington Post)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) has held his 12-point lead over former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) during the last two weeks, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey of the New Jersey Senate race released Wednesday.

Buoyed by strong support from women, Booker leads Lonegan 53 percent to 41 percent in the new poll. The special election will be held next Wednesday.

While Booker remains the clear front-runner, his once overwhelming advantage has been pared down, forcing him to go negative on the airwaves against Lonegan.

The two candidates will debate each other for a second time Wednesday night.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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