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Booker Wins Special Election for U.S. Senate

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cory Booker campaigns for United States Senate. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images/Getty)

Rising Democratic star Cory Booker has won a special election to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.

The Newark mayor defeated Republican Steve Lonegan in an abbreviated campaign of stark policy and style differences.

Booker will become the first black senator from New Jersey. He is filling the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

Booker has built a national following for his consensus-building and his personal story. He was a suburbanite who went to Stanford and Yale Law before moving into a tough Newark neighborhood promising to do good before he ran for office. He's also been a pioneering politician on Twitter.

Lonegan is a conservative former mayor of the town of Bogota. He dismissed Booker as more connected to Hollywood and the Silicon Valley than New Jersey.

The Newark mayor defeated Republican Steve Lonegan (LAH'-nuh-guhn) in an abbreviated campaign of stark policy and style differences.
   Booker will become the first black senator from New Jersey. He is filling the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
   Booker has built a national following for his consensus-building and his personal story. He was a suburbanite who went to Stanford and Yale Law before moving into a tough Newark neighborhood promising to do good before he ran for office. He's also been a pioneering politician on Twitter.
   Lonegan is a conservative former mayor of the town of Bogota (bah-GOH'-tah). He dismissed Booker as more connected to Hollywood and the Silicon Valley than New Jersey.

 

 

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Comments [1]

Dorothy from Manhattan

So Lonegan lost. No surprise there. But now as the representative of the "Party of Personal Responsibility" he's blaming others. It might have been a stupid move to oppose Sandy relief. Ya' think?

I'm convinced, however, that if he'd been a little bit less obnoxious he'd have had a better chance.

Voting for the lesser of 2 evils is very frustrating. This race didn't give me any sleepless nights but I'm familiar with holding my nose while voting.

Oct. 17 2013 09:38 AM

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