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Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver isn’t sure why U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s presidential campaign is having trouble finding its footing in the senator’s home state.
“I don’t know,” the acting governor said when asked why she thought Booker placed fourth in a recent Monmouth University poll of New Jersey Democrats’ presidential primary preferences.
Booker earned Just 9% support in the poll, which was released Thursday.
Those figures put him behind former Vice President Joe Biden (26%), U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (20%) and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (18%).
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg narrowly trailed Booker, each winning support from 6% of New Jersey Democrats.
The numbers are still more favorable for Booker than those put out in national polls.
Real Clear Politics pegs Booker’s national polling average at 2.8%. That puts New Jersey’s junior senator in seventh place nationally.
“I know that Sen. Booker will be here next Friday for our New Jersey Democratic State Committee Convention, and I am certainly assured that we will find that there is a great deal of support in New Jersey for Sen. Booker,” Oliver said.