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Poll gives Booker 24-point lead in Senate re-election bid

Emerson College poll shows Biden with huge lead over Trump in New Jersey

By David Wildstein, September 08 2020 11:15 pm

An Emerson College poll shows Cory Booker with a 52%-28% lead in his bid for re-election to the United States Senate against Republican Rik Mehta.

In the race for New Jersey’s 14 electoral votes, Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by a 55%-38% margin. Biden’s margin moves to 58%-40% with leaners included.

“Biden is performing a few points better than Clinton did in 2016 which is a similar trend we have seen in other states around the country,” said Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson College Polling.

Half of voters in New Jersey (50%) said they would cast mail-in ballots in a general election being conducted primarily through vote-by-mail, while 35% said they plan to cast their votes in-person and 15% indicated they would vote early.

It’s not immediately clear whether the poll properly explained voter options.

The poll asked, “When it comes to voting in the November election, which of the following best describes your intention?”  The three options given were: vote-by-mail, vote in-person, or vote early.

New Jersey does not have real early voting, although any voter can go to the county election office to vote in advance of the November 3 election.

Nearly seven out of ten New Jerseyans (68%) said they had confidence in the election result, while 31 indicated that they were not confident.

The New Jersey Emerson College poll was conducted September 4-7, with a sample size of 500 likely voters and a margin of error of +/-4%.

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