To know, know, know him, is to hate, hate, hate him…

You’ve really got to hand it to Doug Forrester. He is running the campaign of the century.

The Democrats’ new Senate candidate, Frank Lautenberg, had a slight lead over Republican Douglas Forrester, according to a poll released Monday, but a majority said the bid to substitute candidates in the race was unfair.

Lautenberg received 49 percent to Forrester’s 45 percent in the latest Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters, with 4 percent undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.


When asked whether it was fair for Lautenberg to replace Torricelli on the ballot, 54 percent in the Quinnipiac poll said no, but only 30 percent said they would not vote for Lautenberg because of the switch

But here is where it gets good:

“New Jersey voters don’t like the way Lautenberg got on the ballot, but they are glad to see tarnished Sen. Robert Torricelli gone,” Richards said. “And one in five of those voters who say a last minute candidate switch is unfair say they will vote for Lautenberg anyway.”

Lautenberg’s favorability rating was 46 percent, while Forrester’s was 27 percent.

“The whole Torricelli mess had made Forrester better known, But his negatives have gone up,” Richards said

27%? Twenty seven percent? In poltical consulting circles they have a grid based on favorability levels:

80% and above Slam dunk

60-79% Prohibitive favorite

49-59% Solid favorite

39-48% Tight Race

29-38% Loser

20-28% Ass Clown

Below 19% Bob Barr

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