United States Senate election in New Jersey, 2014

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United States Senate election in New Jersey, 2014
New Jersey
2013 ←
November 4, 2014 → 2020

  Cory Booker Senate.jpg Jeff Bell, 2014.JPG
Nominee Cory Booker Jeff Bell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,043,866 791,297
Percentage 55.8% 42.3%

New Jersey Senate Election Results by County, 2014.svg

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Cory Booker
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Cory Booker
Democratic

The 2014 United States Senate election in New Jersey was held on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of New Jersey. Republican Jeff Bell was defeated by incumbent Democratic Senator Cory Booker.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Antonio Sabas, independent candidate for U.S. Senate in 2013[2][3]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cory Booker 197,158 100%
Totals 197,158 100%

Republican primary[edit]

2013 nominee Steve Lonegan announced in his concession speech that he would not run again for the seat in the 2014 race.[12] The top-tier candidates for the Republican Primary, Thomas Kean, Jr. and Jay Webber also declined to run in early January 2014, leaving Jon Bramnick and Michael J. Doherty as the remaining candidates with established credentials and fundraising abilities able to start a United States Senate campaign.[13][14] On January 9, 2014, Brian D. Goldberg, a West Orange resident and New Jersey businessman, announced that he would seek the Republican nomination.[15] The following week, on January 17, 2014, both Bramnick and Doherty announced that they would not be running for United States Senate.[15][16]

On January 27, 2014, Freehold Township businessman Richard J. "Rich" Pezzullo announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination. Pezzullo had previously run for the US Senate in 1996 as the Conservative Party candidate.[17][18] On February 4, 2014, conservative political consultant Jeff Bell announced his bid for the nomination. Bell was the nominee for the Senate in 1978, having defeated incumbent Senator Clifford Case in the Republican primary and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination in 1982.[19] Ramapo College professor Murray Sabrin, who ran for the Senate in 2000 and 2008, announced another run on February 13.[20] Former FBI agent Robert Turkavage, who ran as an Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012, had declared his candidacy. However, he got stuck in a traffic jam when he attempted to turn in his petitions shortly before the deadline, and was forced to withdraw.[21]

On March 4, Richard Pezzullo won the Union County Convention on the first ballot, going on to then win the line in Camden County and Republican stronghold Monmouth County. Opponent Brian Goldberg won the party lines in conventions in Ocean, Atlantic, Cumberland, Mercer, and Somerset Counties. Murray Sabrin won only the Middlesex line, and Jeffrey Bell made no convention appearances and contested no lines.[22] Three candidates – Brian Goldberg, Richard Pezzullo and Murray Sabrin – claimed the Burlington county line, though only Goldberg claimed to have won the line.[23] Goldberg was given the county line with no convention in Essex, Passaic, and Hudson Counties. Robert Turkavage won the convention in Hunterdon County, but the line transferred to Goldberg after Turkavage dropped out of the race.

Jeff Bell received significant support from the conservative American Principles Fund, who ran a direct mail operation that cost over $80,000, and the National Organization for Marriage, a conservative traditional marriage group, who paid for $6,000 of automated calling.[24]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Bell 41,112 29.82%
Republican Richard J. Pezzullo 36,151 26.22%
Republican Brian D. Goldberg 33,370 24.21%
Republican Murray Sabrin 27,229 19.75%
Totals 137,862 100%

General election[edit]

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Booker, CoryCory Booker (D) $16,534,557 $14,742,187 $2,583,176 $5,266
Bell, JeffJeff Bell (R) $373,577 $282,459 $91,116 $11,788
[44][45][46][47][48][49]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Cory
Booker (D)
Jeff
Bell (R)
Other Undecided
Monmouth University October 30–November 2, 2014 750 ± 3.6% 54% 40% 1% 5%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 1,868 ± 4% 51% 39% 0% 9%
Richard Stockton College October 18–22, 2014 806 ± 3.5% 57% 33% 5% 5%
Fairleigh Dickinson University October 13–19, 2014 525 ± 4.3% 56% 40% 1% 3%
Monmouth University October 2–5, 2014 477 ± 4.5% 53% 38% 2% 7%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 2,011 ± 3% 51% 37% 0% 12%
Quinnipiac University September 25–29, 2014 1,058 ± 3% 51% 40% 1% 8%
Richard Stockton College September 5–8, 2014 807 ± 3.5% 49% 36% 3% 12%
Fairleigh Dickinson University September 1–7, 2014 721 ± 3.7% 42% 29% 1% 27%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 2,244 ± 3% 52% 37% 2% 10%
Quinnipiac University July 31–August 4, 2014 1,148 ± 2.9% 47% 37% 1% 16%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 2,645 ± 3.4% 50% 43% 1% 6%
Monmouth University June 25–29, 2014 717 ± 3.7% 43% 23% 15% 17%
Rasmussen Reports June 17–18, 2014 750 ± 4% 48% 35% 4% 13%

Results[edit]

Winning percentage of each candidate by municipality
  Booker <50%
  Booker 50–60%
  Booker 60–70%
  Booker 70–80%
  Booker 80–90%
  Booker >90%
  Bell 80–90%
  Bell 70–80%
  Bell 60–70%
  Bell 50–60%
  Bell <50%
2014 New Jersey U.S. Senate general election[57]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cory Booker (Incumbent) 1,043,866 55.84%
Republican Jeff Bell 791,297 42.33%
Libertarian Joseph Baratelli 16,721 0.89%
Economic Growth Hank Schroeder 5,704 0.31%
Independent Jeff Boss 4,513 0.24%
D-R Party Eugene Martin Lavergne 3,890 0.21%
Independent Antonio N. Sabas 3,544 0.19%
Totals 1,869,535 100%
Democratic hold

County results[edit]

County Booker % Booker votes Bell % Bell votes Other % Other votes
Atlantic 51.4% 32,566 46.5% 29,422 2.1% 1,319
Bergen 57.3% 124,409 41.2% 89,597 1.5% 3,204
Burlington 54.3% 64,730 44.2% 52,721 1.5% 1,755
Camden 65.3% 73,881 33.2% 37,543 1.5% 1,730
Cape May 41.1% 11,572 57.4% 16,178 1.5% 429
Cumberland 53.3% 14,830 44.8% 12,455 1.9% 537
Essex 77.2% 106,472 21.4% 29,527 1.4% 1,975
Gloucester 52.8% 37,131 45.1% 31,717 2.1% 1,456
Hudson 78.4% 68,165 19.2% 16,707 2.4% 2,109
Hunterdon 38.7% 14,241 59.0% 21,709 2.3% 864
Mercer 65.8% 52,476 32.3% 25,749 1.9% 1,524
Middlesex 60.0% 83,732 38.4% 53,679 1.6% 2,244
Monmouth 44.9% 67,011 53.2% 79,417 1.9% 2,863
Morris 42.9% 49,920 55.6% 64,688 1.6% 1,807
Ocean 40.3% 55,631 57.4% 79,254 2.2% 3,082
Passaic 60.6% 52,533 37.6% 32,612 1.7% 1,508
Salem 44.5% 8,060 51.4% 9,304 4.1% 733
Somerset 48.6% 37,124 49.5% 37,835 1.9% 1,448
Sussex 35.3% 12,722 61.8% 22,292 2.9% 1,046
Union 65.0% 68,051 33.2% 34,741 1.8% 1,855
Warren 36.4% 8,609 59.8% 14,150 3.7% 884

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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