5:15 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Cory Booker of New Jersey won a special election last November with 55 percent of the vote, but the former mayor of Newark is now under 50 percent against a little-known Republican challenger, according to a new poll. Rasmussen Reports finds in a survey of likely voters in New Jersey that Booker has 48 percent support over Republican nominee Jeff Bell, who has 35 percent support. Thirteen percent remain undecided.
Bell, a Republican activist who defeated sitting senator Clifford Case in a GOP primary in 1978 only to lose the general election to Democrat Bill Bradley, won this year's primary to face Booker. He remains relatively unknown in the heavily Democratic state, with 39 percent telling Rasmussen they've never heard of him.
According to the poll, 25 percent say they have a strongly favorable view of Booker, while 16 percent say they have a strongly unfavorable view. While both Booker and Bell do very well with voters of their own parties, according to Rasmussen, "the two are nearly tied among voters not affiliated with either major political party."
The boss wrote about Bell's dark horse candidacy right after the Garden State's primary:
Cory Booker starts out way ahead in the general election campaign. But Bell will run as an intelligent and aggressive full-spectrum conservative. He'll emphasize his pro-growth, pro-Main Street agenda, with a focus on monetary policy, in particular a return to the gold standard. This message will bewilder the elites. But it helped Bell win the primary against better known opponents.
If Bell can get enough funding, his populist and thoughtful conservatism could pose a real challenge to Booker's elitist and shallow liberalism. In which case, Bell could—amazingly—win the same Senate seat he lost to Bill Bradley 36 years ago.
10:56 AM, Nov 7, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Their betters from both coasts spent big to enlighten the people of Colorado which, east of the Hudson, is considered one of those square states full of primitives who don’t know what is good for them.
9:45 PM, Nov 5, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Terry McAuliffe will win his bid for governor Virginia, both Fox News and NBC News are projecting. McAuliffe, a Democrat, will defeat his Republican opponent, attorney general Ken Cuccinelli.
With 91 percent of precincts reporting, McAuliffe holds a small lead, 46.8 percent to Cuccinelli's 46.5 percent.
4:41 PM, Nov 5, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, is on his way to winning big in his bid for reelection Tuesday, and there's already talk he may be on his way to running for president in three years. Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper, Christie argued he's not a moderate as he's sometimes portrayed.
Neither Obama nor Biden mentioned Obamacare in their speeches.2:37 PM, Nov 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ken Cuccinelli may have finally found a winning message in his bid for governor of Virginia, and not a moment too soon. With just a day before Virginians head to the polls, Cuccinelli spent Monday morning targeting his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe and other national Democrats for their support for Obamacare.
8:38 AM, Nov 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A final poll from Quinnipiac on Tuesday's gubernatorial race in Virginia shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a six-point lead over Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli. Forty-six percent of likely Virginia voters say they will vote for McAuliffe, according to the poll, while 40 percent say they'll vote for Cuccinelli. Eight percent say they will vote for the Libertarian party candidate, Robert Sarvis. Here's more from Quinnipiac:
3:03 PM, Nov 1, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Is Ken Cuccinelli closing in on Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race? The latest poll from Emerson College shows McAuliffe, the Democrat, with 42 percent support and Cuccinelli, the Republican, with 40 percent. Libertarian Robert Sarvis has 13 percent in the poll of 874 likely voters.
1:01 PM, Oct 31, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie is practically coasting toward reelection next week. The latest Real Clear Politics average of polls show a race that isn't even close. On Tuesday, just a year after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, the Republican spoke in Sea Bright, on the Jersey shore, about the work of his citizens to rebuild the communities devastated by the storm. Watch video of Christie's remarks below:
10:42 AM, Oct 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of the Virginia's gubernatorial election hints that the race may be tightening between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli. According to Quinnipiac's survey of 1,182 likely voters, 45 percent say they will vote for McAuliffe and 41 percent say they will vote for Cuccinelli. Nine percent say they will vote for Libertarian party candidate Robert Sarvis.
8:33 AM, Oct 29, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With a week to go before election day, Virginia voters favor Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor over Republican Ken Cuccinelli by more than 10 points, according to a new poll from the Washington Post. The survey found that 51 percent of likely voters support McAuliffe and just 39 percent support Cuccinelli. In addition, Libertarian party candidate Robert Sarvis pulls in 8 percent support.
1:58 PM, Oct 28, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
What's wrong with Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia's Republican candidate for governor? He's losing by nearly 10 percentage points, according to Real Clear Politics, to Terry McAuliffe, the flawed Democrat. The conventional wisdom is that Cuccinelli is too conservative on social issues, and the McAuliffe campaign has run ads painting the Republican as an extremist on abortion, gay rights, and contraception.
12:52 PM, Oct 22, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Terry McAuliffe has a 17-point lead over Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race, according to a new poll from Rasmussen. McAuliffe, the Democrat, enjoys his largest lead yet in the race with 50 percent of the vote, while Republican Cuccinelli has 33 percent. The Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis, has eight percent support.
9:01 AM, Oct 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With just weeks left in the 2013 gubernatorial race in Virginia, Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli has a new TV ad that questions the seriousness of his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe. "What's Terry McAuliffe offering Virginia families?" the voiceover asks. "False, misleading attacks; massive, wasteful spending; and $1,700 dollars in higher taxes every year."
"Terry McAuliffe," the voiceover continues. "Deeply unserious." Watch below:
9:43 PM, Oct 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, has defeated Republican Steve Lonegan in New Jersey's special election for the U.S. Senate Wednesday night. The Associated Press called the race for Booker just after 9:30 pm.
With 58 percent of precincts reporting, Booker leads Lonegan in the vote, 56 percent to 43 percent.