Daggett may draw from Corzine or Christie

    By: Phil Gregory

    While recent polls show no more than 10 percent of New Jersey voters backing independent candidate Chris Daggett in the race for Governor, his candidacy could still play a big role in the November election.

    By: Phil Gregory
    philgregorynews@gmail.com

    While recent polls show no more than 10 percent of New Jersey voters backing independent candidate Chris Daggett in the race for Governor, his candidacy could still play a big role in the November election. But analysts disagree whether Daggett will draw more voters away from Democratic Governor Jon Corzine, or Republican challenger Chris Christie.

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    Fairleigh Dickinson University political science professor Peter Wooley says Daggett is more likely to take votes from Corzine.

    Wooley: People who might feel independent and dissatisfied with Corzine but unwilling to vote for a Republican would migrate to Daggett.

    Ruth Mandel, the director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University says Daggett may attract independent voters and that could hurt Christie.

    Mandel: In that case the Governor has the advantage of Democratic voter registration.

    Daggett says he’s not concerned whether he would take votes away from Corzine or Christie.

    Daggett: I’m looking at winning this election not about whether I’m helping someone else win it.

    Political analysts do agree Daggett doesn’t have much of a shot. They say it’s unlikely he’ll end up with more than 10 percent of the vote on election day.

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