Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark and a candidate in October's special election for Senate in New Jersey, has raised $4.6 million in campaign funds for the second quarter. USA Today has the story:
Booker's second-quarter fundraising haul now leaves him with $4.5 million in the bank, which would help pay for TV advertising in the expensive media markets of New York and Philadelphia. So far, Booker is the only candidate running TV ads in the special election to succeed the late Frank Lautenberg.
Booker has a strong double-digit lead over his Democratic rivals for his party's nomination, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released earlier this week. He has 52% support compared with 10% for Rep. Frank Pallone, his next closest rival. Rep. Rush Holt has 8% support, followed by Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver at 3%.
In the Republican primary, former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan is the leading candidate. The general election will be held on October 16.