...some guy named Lonegan in the special election for the U. S. Senate from New Jersey.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Doyle Steve Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota (where?), is a 25-point underdog. And while Booker has raised over $4 million, the tea party-backed Republican has only $151,000 on hand.
If he should somehow win, Lonegan would be the first Republican elected to the senate from New Jersey since 1972.
is less glamorous. The former head of the New Jersey chapter of
Americans for Prosperity, a Tea Party-aligned activist group, he has
twice been rejected by GOP primary voters and became the favorite in
this race when more moderate, establishment Republicans chose to sit
He poses a different type of challenge than the Democrats who ran
against Booker. While Booker’s party colleagues were slow to attack,
Lonegan is always eager for confrontation and has a talent for political
showmanship. His barbs could dent Booker’s shining image.
Lonegan has a devoted conservative following, but will have to reach far
beyond his own base.
New Jersey, with 700,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans, has
not elected a Republican to the Senate since 1972. A Quinnipiac
University poll released Aug. 7 gave Booker a 54-29 lead over Lonegan,
and the Newark mayor had $4.1 million on hand as of late July, compared
with $151,000 for Lonegan.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/219499831.html#kS7gDA4OtyS8JUyv.99