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Poll: Menendez leads; many N.J. voters still undecided

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Democratic New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is maintaining a double-digit lead in his race for reelection, according to a poll released Tuesday.

A Philadelphia Inquirer poll of 600 likely voters found that 43 percent say they plan to vote for Mr. Menendez, while 32 percent favor his opponent, Republican state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos. A full 25 percent of respondents said they are undecided or declined to pick a candidate.

Polls have consistently shown Mr. Menendez as a comfortable favorite for reelection, but they have also shown that a large number of voters are still undecided on the Senate race and do not know much about either candidate.

A poll earlier this month by Quinnipiac University showed the senator with a 50 percent to 40 percent lead and 10 percent of voters not yet favoring a candidate. One conducted days earlier by Rutgers University had Mr. Menendez with a 12-point lead, but showed that 18 percent of voters were unsure or preferred another candidate.

Despite the large number of undecided voters, many pollsters still expect Mr. Menendez to easily win in the heavily Democratic state.

“It’s a strong lead,” said Jeffrey Plaut, founder partner of Global Strategy Group which conducted the Inquirer survey. “At the top of the ticket [President] Obama has an even bigger lead of 14 [points], which should help in the Senate race down below it.”

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