Two recent polls put Donald Trump ahead of Joe Biden in the presidential election in New Jersey, a state that has not been won by a Republican since 1988. The Democratic Party is currently debating whether the incumbent president should run again in 2024.

Trump led Biden in New Jersey, 41 percent to 40 percent, with an additional 7 percent going to independents including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., according to a coefficient poll of 810 likely general election voters conducted June 26-27 by the Kansas City-based pollster. The firm has one star, according to FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings.

Separately, a poll conducted by United 2024, a Republican-supporting Super PAC, gave Trump a 43 percent lead over Biden, up from 41 percent in a head-to-head race between the two rivals. After third-party candidates were included, Trump and Biden were tied at 38 percent each, with Kennedy Jr. at 8 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 3 percent.

Newsweek reached out to the Joe Biden and Donald Trump presidential campaigns by email outside normal business hours on Thursday for comment.

Senate Race in New Jersey

The coefficient poll also has Republican Curtis Bashaw within six points of Democrat Andy Kim in the New Jersey Senate race, with 39 percent of the vote to 33 percent. Incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat who has been indicted on federal corruption charges, has announced he will run again as an independent, with the poll putting him at 3 percent. Menendez, who resigned as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after his indictment, has denied all allegations against him.

Calls on Biden to resign

The past week has been dominated by discussions about the age and cognitive state of the 81-year-old Biden, after the president appeared to repeatedly lose the thread during the first presidential debate against Trump on June 27 in Atlanta, Georgia.

In response, a number of Democrats, including two sitting members of Congress, have called on Biden to withdraw from the race, while the odds on him winning the 2024 presidential election have risen through major bookmakers.

The last Republican to win the presidential election in New Jersey was George HW Bush in 1988. Biden won the state in 2020 by 15.8 points.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump at Greenbrier Farms on June 28, 2024 in Chesapeake, Virginia. Trump has narrowly edged out Biden in the traditionally blue state of New Jersey, according to two recent polls.

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On Wednesday, Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva became the second Democrat in Congress to call for Biden to withdraw from the 2024 race, which he did during an interview with The New York Times.

Grijalva said: “What (Biden) has to do is take responsibility to keep that seat — and part of that responsibility is to get out of this race.”

Grijalva said a second Trump presidency would be “very, very dangerous” and described the presumptive Republican nominee as an “anti-democratic, authoritarian despot.”

Earlier on Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden is “absolutely not” considering withdrawing from the race.

An internal Democratic Party poll conducted Monday and Tuesday and sent out as part of a memo put Trump ahead of Biden at 43 percent, up from 42 percent. That’s an improvement for Trump from the 43 percent recorded before the June 27 debate.