N.J. Governor Race Remains Tight

(CBS/AP)
The latest poll on the New Jersey gubernatorial race suggests this is one race destined to be competitive right down to very end.

With just three weeks until Election Day, Republican challenger Chris Christie, center, leads Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine, left, 41 to 40 percent, among likely New Jersey voters polled by Quinnipiac University. That result is well within the poll's margin of error.

Also of note is the fact that independent Chris Daggett, right, has maintained his support, garnering 14 percent in the new poll.

In the last Quinnipiac poll, released September 30, Christie led Corzine 43 to 39 percent, with Daggett coming in at 12 percent.

While the two major party candidates are relentlessly attacking each other on the campaign in television commercials, it's Daggett who has become something of a surprise player at this point in the race. Whether his supporters stay with him or switch to Christie or Corzine is sure to be a major factor in determining the outcome on Election Day.

"Historically, third party candidates fade on election day," said Maurice Carroll, director of the polling institute, in a release. "Apparently, voters agree. Very few of his backers are committed to independent candidate Christopher Daggett and 77 percent of all voters say he has no chance of winning."

But Daggett's long-shot campaign received a boost over the weekend when he was endorsed by the state's largest paper, the Star-Ledger in Newark.

On CBSNews.com's "Washington Unplugged" yesterday, Daggett said he was optimistic that his support will jump even more before Election Day.

"I believe at some point what happens is it is going to kick in and you will have an attitude from people much like the '73 Mets. You gotta believe," he said. Watch the Full Interview.

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