The Washington Times - October 7, 2013, 08:33AM

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.