Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has gained support in New Jersey but still trails President Obama by a significant margin, according to a poll released Thursday.
The Quinnipiac University poll shows Mr. Obama with 51 percent of support from likely voters compared to 44 percent for Mr. Romney. The 7-point margin maintains the president’s position as a solid favorite, but it is smaller than the 14-point lead he enjoyed in a Rutgers University poll released last week and the 11-point lead he had in a Quinnipiac poll in July.
Mr. Obama won the New Jersey by nearly 16 points in 2008, and no Republican has won the state since 1988.
Thursday’s poll also showed that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez has a 10-point lead over GOP challenger Joe Kyrillos, who is a state senator. A July Quinnipiac poll showed Mr. Menendez with a 13-point lead.