Cory Booker Wins Senate Seat for NJ

Democrat to replace Frank Lautenberg for 15 months
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 16, 2013 9:00 PM CDT
Cory Booker Wins Senate Seat for NJ
Newark Mayor Cory Booker walks out of a polling booth after casting his vote in a special election for the vacant New Jersey seat in the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Newark mayor Cory Booker has won a special election to represent New Jersey in the Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. Booker, 44, will become the first black senator from New Jersey. A vegetarian with a Twitter following of 1.4 million—or five times the population of the city he governs—he heads to Washington with an unusual political resume.

With dwindling state funding, he has used private fundraising to run programs in Newark, a strategy that has brought his city resources and him both fame and criticism. Booker was elected to complete the 15 months remaining on the term of Frank Lautenberg, whose death in June at age 89 gave rise to an unusual and abbreviated campaign. If he wants to keep the seat for a full six-year term—and all indications are that he does—Booker will be on the ballot again in November 2014. (Read more Newark stories.)

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