STATE – Newark Mayor Cory Booker has defeated three Democratic opponents in the special Senate primary on Tuesday, which featured near record low voter turnout
With 98 percent of the votes counted, Booker had 207,891 or 59 percent of the total. His closest challenger, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, received 69,311 votes, with nearly a third of that total coming from Middlesex and Monmouth counties – the area he represents. U.S. Rep. Rush Holt came in third with 59,922 votes, and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver was a distant fourth with just 14,996 votes.
“Make me your senator, New Jersey,” Booker said in his victory speech. “I will be unwavering in my focus on finding common ground. I will not be concerned with right or left but going forward.”
On the Republican side, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan defeated Dr. Alieta Eck, 99,265 votes to 25,009, with 98 percent of the votes counted.
“I want to tell you tonight in no uncertain terms and with clarity how we’re going to win the election on Oct. 16, 2013 and deliver the first Republican U.S. Senator in New Jersey in 42 years,” Lonegan said in his victory speech.
Six independent candidates will also appear on the Oct. 16 special election ballot if the state Department of Elections certifies the petitions they filed Tuesday. They include Hamilton resident Edward Stackouse Jr., West Long Branch resident Eugene M. La Vergne, Dumont resident Stuart D. Meissner, Irvington resident Antonio N. Sabas, Butler resident Robert Depasquale and Newark resident Pablo Olivera.
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