Republican challenger Jeff Bell trails incumbent New Jersey senator Cory Booker by just 10 points, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac. Among registered voters in the Garden State, just 47 percent say they support Booker, the Democrat who won a special election to the Senate last fall and is running for a full term. At 37 percent support is Bell, a conservative activist who was the GOP nominee for Senate in 1978.
The poll also found that Booker is at his lowest approval rating since taking office, with 47 percent approving of his job as senator and 27 percent disapproving. But while Booker, who was previously mayor of Newark, is well-known throughout the state, Bell suffers from a lack of name recognition—just 16 percent say they have a favorable opinion of him, 5 percent have an unfavorable opinion, and 77 percent say they haven't heard enough about him.
The Real Clear Politics poll average gives Booker a 12.5-point advantage over Bell, and the race is still likely a Democratic hold.