August 24, 2014
THE TRICK IS STAYING THAT POPULAR ONCE THEY KNOW WHO YOU ARE:
Going for the Gold : Jeff Bell's unorthodox Senate campaign (ANDREW FERGUSON, 9/01/14, Weekly Standard)
What frustrates Bell and his many well-wishers is that the race against Booker may not be as hopeless as the spreadsheets suggest. At 55 percent to 44 percent, Booker's special election victory last year over a self-funding Republican unknown was weaker than most people expected. A few weeks ago, in early August, a poll by Quinnipiac University of registered voters showed Booker's support at 47 percent, below the 50 percent mark that any healthy incumbent should expect. Amazingly, Bell was hard on his heels at 37 percent, even though the same poll showed that fewer than 25 percent knew who he was. A CBS/New York Times poll--this time of likely voters--put Bell within 7 points of Booker.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 24, 2014 6:52 PM