Supporters of Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s bid to fill New Jersey’s vacant seat in the Senate are nervous about narrowing poll numbers in what should have been a cakewalk for the high-profile Democrat, The New York Times reported.
Donors are injecting more funds into Mr. Booker’s coffers to bolster his campaign against Republican nominee Steve Lonegan ahead of a special election next week to fill late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat in Washington.
The Times said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend more than $1 million on television commercials for Mr. Booker.
Recent polls show Mr. Booker leading by 13 points — a comfortable cushion but a closer race than anyone expected.
It is especially remarkable, the Times reported, because Mr. Lonegan touts rabidly conservative views in a state that tends to vote for Democrats.