Booker defeats Lonegan in New Jersey special election for Senate
Trenton, New Jersey: Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) beat out former Mayor of Bogota Steve Lonegan (R) and a handful of Independent candidates in the special election to succeed the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) yesterday.
In June 2013, Gov. Chris Christie chose to appoint Attorney General Jeff Chiesa to fill the vacant seat. Chiesa, who has not expressed interest in becoming a career senator, will serve in the Senate until after the special election.
Cory Booker also defeated several Independent candidates, including Robert Depasquale, Eugene Martin Lavergne, Stuart David Meissner, Pablo Olivera, Antonio Sabas and Edward Stackhouse, Jr..Cite error: Closing
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Democrats were heavily favored to retain the seat, as New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 40 years. Booker will become the only elected African American senator currently serving. He will also become the Senate's seventh youngest member, the ninth African American member of Congress and the fourth African American member of the Senate ever popularly elected.
“The winner of (Wednesday’s) election will be sworn in as quickly as possible after the results have been verified and certified. We fully anticipate this to happen before the Nov. 5th election day,” said a statement from Gov. Christie’s office.
|U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special General Election, 2013|
|Independent||Edward C. Stackhouse||0.4%||5,138|
|Source: Official results via New Jersey Division of Elections|
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