STATE — Cory Booker claimed a landslide victory over arch-conservative Steve Lonegan, making him the New Jersey’s first and the nation’s only current elected African-American member of the US Senate.
Results show Booker scored 672,352 votes, of 66 percent of the total ballots cast, over Lonegan’s 538,803 and one percent of the total turnout that was divided among six independent candidates.
Booker ran for Mayor in 2002, but lost to incumbent Sharpe James before he ran again in 2006 and won. He had previously served as a Newark City Councilor from 1998 to 2002.
Booker will succeed immediately Frank Lautenberg, who died in office, and he is expected to seek a full term in the 2014 election,.
Jeffrey Chiesa, the former state attorney general who was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie on June 6, declined to run for the remainder of the term in the 2013 Special Election.
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