A Wednesday election is an oddity - it almost always a Tuesday, of course. When setting the date, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., pointed out this was the soonest possible day to hold the special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who died earlier this year.
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The date probably introduces the only real unknown into the race.
Of course, votes count, pre-election polls don't. Hoping for the upset is Republican challenger Steve Lonegan, the mayor of Bogota, N.J., whose strategy has been to go hard after to the party's conservative base, campaigning against Obamacare, and alongside such tea party favorites as Sarah Palin and Rick Perry, who don't often turn up in New Jersey.
Lonegan's plan is not a strategy that would ever work in an on-year, general election - too many of the state's voters are moderates. But it is an interesting play given the odd election date: it appears their hope is that the base is fired up and motivated to cast ballots, while the unusual date and/or the expectation of a Booker win keeps turnout down on the Democratic side.