Eye on the Senate: New Jersey and Texas

Posted June 10, 2008 at 5:00am

Here’s an “Eye on the Senate” that has bad news, at least for now, for the Democrats with incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey apparently in a tight race with former Republican Rep. Dick Zimmer.

**New Jersey:** Lautenberg and Zimmer are in a statistical dead-heat with Lautenberg leading 45 percent to 44 percent with 7 percent choosing “other” and 4 percent undecided, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted June 4. The poll was taken after the 84-year-old Lautenberg easily defeated a primary challenge from Rep. Robert Andrews who campaigned on the theme that it was time for new leadership. Rasmussen notes that in New Jersey, where a Republican has not won statewide office since 1997, the races usually start tight and then the Democrat pulls away closer to election day. CQ Politics rates this race “Democrat Favored.”