Cory Booker dominates New Jersey Senate poll in days before election

Published: 1:50 PM EDT Aug 07, 2013   Updated: 1:09 PM EDT Aug 07, 2013

Cory Booker dominates a poll of likely voters with less than a week to go before New Jersey's special U.S. Senate race primary on Tuesday.

The Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday shows 54 percent of likely Democratic primary voters support the Newark mayor.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone gets 17 percent, Rep. Rush Holt receives 15 percent and Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver is backed by 5 percent.

Steve Lonegan trumps Alieta Eck 74 to 10 percent among likely Republican primary voters.

"No one knows Alieta Eck. August 13 looks like an easy day for Lonegan," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Booker leads Lonegan 54 to 29 percent among registered voters surveyed in the race to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

"Unless the sky falls, Newark Mayor Cory Booker can start looking for a Washington apartment. He dominates both the Democratic primary and a general election against Steve Lonegan," Carroll said.

The poll of 2,042 New Jersey voters has a higher sampling error among the smaller subsets of Democratic and Republic voters.