Booker dismisses early surveys: 'If you're polling ahead right now, you should worry'

Booker dismisses early surveys: 'If you're polling ahead right now, you should worry'
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerFormer public school teacher: Strikes 'wake-up call' for Democratic Party First-generation American launches Senate campaign against Booker 2020 Democrats tell LGBTQ teens they're not alone on Spirit Day MORE (D-N.J.) said Sunday he remains bullish on his chances in the crowded Democratic field, despite the fact that his debate performances have yet to translate to polling bumps.

“The polls have never been predictive this far out. In fact, if you're polling ahead right now, you should worry because we've never in my lifetime and yours had somebody who was polling ahead this far out that went on to the presidency,” Booker told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Booker noted that candidates like Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterOvernight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Judge blocks Trump 'public charge' rule | Appeals court skeptical of Trump arguments for Medicaid work requirements | CDC offers guidance for treating vaping-related cases In Syria, making America ashamed again — and weaker Garth Brooks on Jimmy Carter's volunteer work: 'Nobody cares about "Republican" or "Democrat" in heaven' MORE, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWhat did the Founders most fear about impeachment? The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Chelsea Clinton says she's not considering a bid for New York House seat MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington mourns loss of Elijah Cummings Obama: Cummings showed us 'the importance of checks and balances' Like Obama, Trump finds Turkey's Erdogan is trouble MORE were all initially “considered long shots.”


Moreover, Booker said, “in the ground in those states where you're going to have three hundred- 400,000 people in Iowa deciding in caucus rooms, we have more endorsements from state legislators and mayors than all the top-five polling candidates combined.”

“In other words, the people on the ground in Iowa who are seeing what's happened, who are going to be in those caucus rooms are choosing my campaign,” he told NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter White House officials stand by Syria withdrawal, sanctions delay amid bipartisan pushback Sunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions MORE.

Booker added that he had faith in his campaign apparatus to deliver results.

“We have a better organization, according to the Des Moines Register, than just about every other candidate. We're going to win this the same way I beat a machine in Newark, New Jersey: through organizing, through building a team that's going to win,” he said.