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NEWARK, N.J. - The Republican who lost New Jersey's bitter gubernatorial race said he would have won had President Bush's popularity not been sagging.
Doug Forrester, who lost to Democrat Jon Corzine by about 9 percentage points last week, told The Sunday Star-Ledger of Newark that dissatisfaction with Bush made it impossible for him to overcome the Democrats' advantages.
"If Bush's numbers were where they were a year ago, or even six months ago, I think we would have won on Tuesday," Forrester said.
Bush's approval rating is at the lowest of his presidency and he faces a host of difficulties, including the war in Iraq, the response to Hurricane Katrina, soaring fuel prices and the CIA leak investigation.
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Doug Forrester, who lost to Democrat Jon Corzine by about 9 percentage points last week
Only about 20 percent of all voters surveyed cited opposition to Bush as a reason for their vote in the governor's race.