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NJ Poll: McGreevey Leads Gov. Race

October 10, 2001

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ Democrat Jim McGreevey holds a 17-point lead among likely voters in his bid for governor against Republican Bret Schundler, according a poll released Wednesday.

McGreevey reached 50 percent support among likely voters for the first time in the campaign, according to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Public Mind poll.

Schundler has 33 percent support, and 17 percent of those polled were undecided. The poll of 626 likely New Jersey voters conducted Oct. 1-8 has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

According to the poll, McGreevey’s supporters are more committed than Schundler’s. Nearly three in four of those who indicated they would vote for him in November said they were certain of their choice. Among Schundler’s voters, 65 percent said they would not change their mind.

McGreevey, the 43-year-old mayor of Woodbridge, nearly defeated Christie Whitman for governor in 1997. Schundler, 42, is a former mayor of Jersey City. The election is Nov. 6.

New Jersey and Virginia are the only states with governors’ elections this year. Both have a Republican governor who is not running for re-election and Democratic candidates who are leading in the polls.

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On the Net:

Poll: http://publicmind.fdu.edu

McGreevey campaign: http://www.mcgreevey2001.com

Schundler campaign: http://www.bret2001.com

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