A statewide poll conducted by The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey shows Cory Booker leading in the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey.

Booker, the Democratic candidate and Newark mayor, was supported by 58 percent of likely voters while 32 percent support Republican Steve Lonegan in the Oct. 16 special election to fill the seat left by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the poll showed.

The poll was taken of 812 voters from New Jersey from Sept. 15-21 by the Stockton Polling Institute, a part of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at the college.

“Cory Booker’s name recognition and positive ratings are high, while Steve Lonegan is still an unknown to a sizable portion of the electorate,” said Daniel J. Douglas, director of the Hughes Center. “That puts Lonegan at a disadvantage as the election nears.”

Anjalee Khemlani