United States Senate elections in New Jersey, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in New Jersey

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Cory Booker Democratic Party
Cory Booker.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in New Jersey will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Cory Booker's Democratic U.S. Senate seat is more than likely safe against opposition in the 2014 general election. The Cook Political Report rates this race as solid Democratic, and Booker won the 2013 special election against Republican Steve Lonegan by 10.9 percent[3] Booker also has an enormous lead in fundraising, with $1,815,704.68 in cash on hand to Bell's $17,940.13, as of the April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) report.

Booker ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, whereas four candidates competed for the Republican nomination. Jeff Bell won the Republican primary, but only by a small margin of victory; all four candidates received an abnormally even share of the votes. Bell was formerly an aide to presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, but has been out of politics for years. Bell is focusing his campaign primarily on economic issues, and he encourages a return to the gold standard.[4]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 31, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: New Jersey is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 13, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014 (21 days before election).[8]

See also: New Jersey elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Cory Booker (D). Booker was first elected in 2013 in a special election following Frank Lautenberg's death.

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Primary results

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Bell 29.4% 42,728
Rich Pezzullo 26.2% 38,130
Brian Goldberg 25% 36,266
Murray Sabrin 19.4% 28,183
Total Votes 145,307
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results

Polls

General election polls

Cory Booker vs. Jeff Bell
Poll Cory Booker Jeff BellOther candidateUndecidedWill not voteMargin of ErrorSample Size
Stockton Polling Institute (September 5-8, 2014)
49%36%3%12%0%+/-3.5807
Fairleigh Dickinson University (September 1-7, 2014)
42%29%0%27%0%+/-3.7721
Quinnipiac University (July 31-August 4, 2014)
47%37%1%13%3%+/-2.91,148
Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press (June 25-29, 2014)
43%23%15%17%2%+/-3.7717
AVERAGES 45.25% 31.25% 4.75% 17.25% 1.25% +/-3.45 848.25
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Note: Responses of "0%" may indicate that a particular answer choice was not included in that poll.

Campaign donors

Cory Booker

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Booker's reports.[11]

Cory Booker (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]October 30, 2013$0.00$1,906,904.17$(267,679.09)$1,639,225.08
July Quarterly[13]December 12, 2013$1,639,225.08$4,623,337.71$(1,729,483.74)$4,533,079.05
Pre-Special[14]August 21, 2013$4,533,079.05$2,116,267.19$(2,590,856.67)$4,058,489.57
Pre-Special[15]December 12, 2013$4,058,489.57$2,860,633.74$(4,286,998.20)$2,632,125.11
October Quarterly[16]December 12, 2013$2,632,125.11$262,380.74$(518,837.37)$2,375,668.48
Post-Special[17]December 12, 2013$2,375,668.48$1,056,412.99$(1,455,017.12)$1,977,064.35
Year-End[18]January 31, 2014$1,977,064.35$203,992.51$(365,352.18)$1,815,704.68
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$1,815,704.68$1,511,667.08$(739,262.43)$2,588,109.33
Running totals
$14,541,596.13$(11,953,486.8)

Brian Goldberg

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Goldberg's reports.[20]

Brian Goldberg (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 9, 2014$0.00$4,751.59$(3,682.59)$1,069.00
Running totals
$4,751.59$(3,682.59)

Jeff Bell

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bell's reports.[22]

Jeff Bell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 8, 2014$0.00$35,805.05$(17,864.92)$17,940.13
Running totals
$35,805.05$(17,864.92)

Murray Sabrin

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sabrin's reports.[24]

Murray Sabrin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 9, 2014$0.00$49,642.00$(6,927.38)$42,714.62
Running totals
$49,642$(6,927.38)

Election history

2013

See also: United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

Booker ran for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg (D).[26] Booker defeated U.S. Representatives Rush D. Holt, Jr. and Frank Pallone and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver for the Democratic party nomination in the primary election on August 13, 2013.[27][28][29] He defeated Steve Lonegan (R) and Independent candidates Robert Depasquale, Eugene Martin Lavergne, Stuart David Meissner, Pablo Olivera, Antonio Sabas and Edward Stackhouse, Jr. in the general election on October 16, 2013.[30]

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 54.9% 740,742
     Republican Steve Lonegan 44% 593,684
     Independent Edward C. Stackhouse 0.4% 5,138
     Independent Robert DePasquale 0.2% 3,137
     Independent Stuart Meissner 0.2% 2,051
     Independent Pablo Olivera 0.1% 1,530
     Independent Antonio Sabas 0.1% 1,336
     Independent Eugene LaVergne 0.1% 1,041
Total Votes 1,348,659
Source: Official results via New Jersey Division of Elections[31]
U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 59.2% 216,936
Frank Pallone 19.8% 72,584
Rush Holt 16.8% 61,463
Sheila Oliver 4.3% 15,656
Total Votes 366,639
Source: Official Election Results from New Jersey Division of Elections[32]

2012

On November 6, 2012, Frank Lautenberg won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Joe Kyrillos, Kenneth Kaplan, Ken Wolski, Inder "Andy" Soni, Gwen Diakos, Eugene Martin Lavergne, Daryl Brooks, Robert "Turk" Turkavage, Gregory Pason, and J. David Dranikoff in the general election.

U.S. Senate, New Jersey, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Menendez Incumbent 58.9% 1,987,680
     Republican Joe Kyrillos 39.4% 1,329,534
     Libertarian Kenneth R. Kaplan 0.5% 16,803
     Green Ken Wolski 0.5% 15,801
     Jersey Strong Independents Gwen Diakos 0.3% 9,359
     Totally Independent Candidate J. David Dranikoff 0.1% 3,834
     America First Inder "Andy" Soni 0.1% 3,593
     Responsibility Fairness Integrity Robert "Turk" Turkavage 0.1% 3,532
     Socialist Party USA Gregory Pason 0.1% 2,249
     No Slogan Eugene Martin Lavergne 0.1% 2,198
     Reform Nation Daryl Mikell Brooks 0.1% 2,066
Total Votes 3,376,649
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2008

On November 4, 2008, Lautenberg was re-elected to the United States Senate for a fourth non-consecutive term. He defeated Dick Zimmer (R), Jason Scheurer (Libertarian), J.M. Carter (God We Trust), Daryl Mikell Brooks (Poor People’s Campaign), Sara Lobman (Socialist Workers) and Jeffrey Boss (Boss for Senate).[33]

U.S. Senate, New Jersey General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Lautenberg Incumbent 56% 1,951,218
     Republican Dick Zimmer 42% 1,461,025
     Libertarian Jason Scheurer 0.5% 18,810
     God We Trust J.M. Carter 0.5% 15,935
     Poor People’s Campaign Daryl Mikell Brooks 0.5% 15,925
     Socialist Workers Sara Lobman 0.3% 10,345
     Boss for Senate Jeffrey Boss 0.3% 9,187
Total Votes 3,482,445

See also

External links

References

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