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In unscientific straw poll, Rush Holt wins New Jersey Senate race

NEWTON, N.J. - Newark Mayor Cory Booker's string of poll wins leading up to next month's special U.S. Senate primary election has been broken.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt won a highly unscientific straw poll among Democrats in heavily Republican Sussex County on Wednesday.

The (Newark) Star-Ledger reported Holt received 34 votes, Booker 19, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver 12 and Rep. Frank Pallone nine.

Holt, who represents New Jersey's 12th District, may have been boosted by being there. Of the four candidates, only he and Oliver showed up for the meeting.

Polls of likely voters in the Aug. 13 primary have shown Booker with a large lead.

Sussex County has 16,000 registered Democrats out of 100,000 registered voters, giving it the lowest concentration of Democrats of any county in New Jersey.


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