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Booker defeats Lonegan in New Jersey special election for Senate

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October 17, 2013

New Jersey

By Jennifer Springer

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.[1][2]

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.[3]

Cory Booker also defeated several Independent candidates, including Robert Depasquale, Eugene Martin Lavergne, Stuart David Meissner, Pablo Olivera, Antonio Sabas and Edward Stackhouse, Jr..[4]Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Booker will serve the remainder of Lautenberg’s term that expires in January 2015.[3]. He will face voters again in 2014 for a full six-year term.[2][3]

Democrats were heavily favored to retain the seat, as New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 40 years.[5][6] Booker will become the only elected African American senator currently serving.[1] 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.[7]

Gov. Christie has until November 13, 2013, to certify the results of the special election, though it is expected that he will not take that long.[8]

“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.[8]

Once results are certified, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will schedule a swearing in.[8]

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 54.9% 740,742
     Republican Steve Lonegan 44% 593,684
     Independent Edward C. Stackhouse 0.4% 5,138
     Independent Robert DePasquale 0.2% 3,137
     Independent Stuart Meissner 0.2% 2,051
     Independent Pablo Olivera 0.1% 1,530
     Independent Antonio Sabas 0.1% 1,336
     Independent Eugene LaVergne 0.1% 1,041
Total Votes 1,348,659
Source: Official results via New Jersey Division of Elections[9]

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