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New Jersey: Booker Leads Lautenberg in New Poll

In a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll, Newark Mayor Cory Booker led Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg by 22 points in a hypothetical 2014 Democratic Senate primary matchup.

Among “self-identified Democrats and Democratic leaners,” 42 percent preferred Booker, while 20 percent favored Lautenberg. The two men both have high name identification, with 83 percent identifying Lautenberg and 75 percent saying they knew who Booker was.

Booker had much stronger favorability ratings than the incumbent. In the survey, 45 percent viewed Lautenberg favorably, while 66 percent had a favorable impression of Booker.

Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. was not included in the Senate poll. He is a well-funded possible contender, and his candidacy could could affect support for Booker and Lautenberg.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Tea party looks to D.C. insiders for help, cash

The tea party may have been built by the grass roots, but in order to survive, it’s going to have to rely on the Beltway political machines and big money groups it once disparaged.

Tea party activists always worked alongside like-minded conservative organizations, but they failed to capitalize on the anti-Obama momentum in 2009 and 2010 to build their own infrastructure and war chests. That means national groups like American Majority, the Club for Growth and the Koch brothers-linked Americans for Prosperity are essentially in the position to determine if GOP incumbents face serious primary challenges.

Potential prime tea party targets include GOP senators up for reelection in 2014 — Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Conservative activists would also love to hit back at the 33 Republican senators and 85 representatives who voted last week to raise taxes on the wealthy as part of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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