Booker Wins New Jersey Senate Seat

The Newark mayor is headed to Washington after chalking up a decisive victory

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Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker speaks during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey, October 16, 2013

Cory Booker’s ascension as one of the brightest young stars in the Democratic Party was cemented with authority on Wednesday night as the Newark mayor won the special election for New Jersey’s vacant seat in the Senate.

With more than 75% of the precincts reporting, the 44-year-old Booker had 56% of the vote according to the AP and was set to become the first African-American senator to represent New Jersey. The special election followed the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg in June at the age of 89.

Booker, a big user of social media, tweeted his victory, thanking his 1,427,848 followers for their support:

[AP]

5 comments
SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

You're welcome, Cory. We know the stripper vote put you over the top.

kathy
kathy

I'm not finding it exactly encouraging that Booker's crazy TP opponent ("As soon as I'm elected Obama will cave!") got 44% - in New Jersey.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

So much for Palin and her support for the North Jersey Koch Poodle. Hard to win a state when you insult its biggest city and wave the banner of a organization that has just cost the country billions.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Finally Wall Street gets a friend in Congress! 

MrObvious
MrObvious

Listening to Micheal Medved the other day he was entertaining the idea that there was a real chance for the tea party candidate to win.

Ignoring of course the fact that the tea party representatives in Congress were extorting our political system to a gridlock. That's after Micheal kept railing against the shut down.

There are consequences to these actions and few people will hand more gasoline to what they think is wrong with our political system. And to trust more of these libertarian Christianists with the keys to the national vehicle (economy) is a bad thing.