Newark Mayor Cory Booker elected to represent NJ in Senate
Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be the newest Senator for the state of New Jersey.
The Associated Press declared Booker the winner around 9:30pm Wednesday night.
With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Booker had 55 percent of the vote to Lonegan's 44 percent.
Booker, a Democrat, faced Republican Steve Lonegan in a Special Election race to fill the seat of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.
Lautenberg died in June.
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.
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