New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker has raised $4.6 million in the past three months, becoming the first to announce on Thursday a second-quarter fundraising total in the U.S. Senate special election. Candidates have until Monday to file fundraising figures with federal officials for the quarter that ended June 30.
The Newark mayor and three others are seeking the party’s nomination to fill the last year of Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term. Two Republicans are also running in Aug. 13 primaries. The general election is Oct. 16, and another election for a full six-year term will be held next year.
Recent voter polls show Booker far outpacing his lesser-known Democratic rivals — Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. Pallone had more money — about $3 million to Booker’s $1.9 million — as of the end of March.
The majority of Booker’s more than 7,000 contributions were from out-of-state donors.
A Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday shows Booker backed by 52 percent of Democrats, compared with 10 percent for Pallone, 8 percent for Holt and 3 for Oliver. Booker beats Republican front-runner Steve Lonegan 53 to 30 percent.
“It looks as if the speculation was right. Newark Mayor Cory Booker seems to be a shoo-in for the U.S. Senate,” pollster Maurice Carroll said.