United States Senate election in New Jersey, 2014

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United States Senate election in New Jersey, 2014

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  Cory Booker, official portrait, 114th Congress.jpg Jeff Bell, 2014 (cropped).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

Booker:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Bell:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

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. Incumbent Democratic Senator Cory Booker defeated Republican Jeff Bell.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Antonio Sabas, candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2013[2][3] (ran as an independent)

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cory Booker (Incumbent) 197,158 100.00%
Total votes 197,158 100.00%

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 42,728 29.41%
Republican Richard J. Pezzullo 38,130 26.24%
Republican Brian D. Goldberg 36,266 24.96%
Republican Murray Sabrin 28,183 19.40%
Total votes 145,307 100.00%
County Bell Pezzullo Goldberg Sabrin Total Votes
Total % Total % Total % Total %
Atlantic 1,115 17.85% 744 11.91% 4,030 64.50% 359 5.75% 6,248
Bergen 4,833 56.63% 1,501 17.59% 953 11.17% 1,248 14.62% 8,535
Burlington 4,208 39.12% 3,220 24.58% 1,577 12.04% 4,097 31.27% 13,102
Camden 2,121 36.05% 2,566 43.62% 299 5.08% 897 15.25% 5,883
Cape May 2,011 60.70% 740 22.34% 245 7.40% 317 9.57% 3,313
Cumberland 436 23.34% 301 16.11% 1,038 55.58% 93 4.98% 1,868
Essex 904 20.45% 1,035 23.42% 2,161 48.89% 320 7.24% 4,420
Gloucester 1,213 29.43% 1,280 31.06% 714 17.33% 914 22.18% 4,121
Hudson 642 21.89% 285 9.70% 1,225 41.71% 785 26.73% 2,937
Hunterdon 2,426 28.29% 2,604 30.37% 2,118 24.70% 1,426 16.63% 8,574
Mercer 927 26.16% 377 10.64% 1,331 37.56% 909 25.65% 3,544
Middlesex 1,738 26.31% 1,338 20.25% 1,531 23.18% 1,999 30.26% 6,606
Monmouth 2,096 19.26% 5,999 55.11% 497 4.57% 2,293 21.07% 10,885
Morris 5,206 37.09% 3,197 22.77% 1,280 9.12% 4,355 31.02% 14,038
Ocean 3,389 17.51% 3,570 18.45% 10,840 56.02% 1,552 8.02% 19,351
Passaic 1,194 20.64% 1,015 17.55% 2,414 41.74% 1,161 20.07% 5,784
Salem 332 25.50% 389 29.88% 78 5.99% 503 38.63% 1,302
Somerset 3,399 36.35% 1,577 16.86% 3,122 33.39% 1,253 13.40% 9,351
Sussex 1,465 26.68% 2,451 44.64% 292 5.32% 1,282 23.35% 5,490
Union 1,162 19.37% 3,117 51.96% 283 4.72% 1,437 23.95% 5,999
Warren 1,871 48.15% 794 20.43% 238 6.12% 983 25.30% 3,886

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Fundraising[edit]

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

Endorsements[edit]

Cory Booker
Organizations
Jeff Bell
Current & former elected officials
Media
Organizations

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[57] Solid D November 3, 2014
Sabato's Crystal Ball[58] Safe D November 3, 2014
Rothenberg Political Report[59] Safe D November 3, 2014
Real Clear Politics[60] Likely D November 3, 2014

Polling[edit]

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

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[61]
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 (United States) Antonio N. Sabas 3,544 0.19%
Total votes 1,869,535 100.00%
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]

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