Cory Booker wins New Jersey Senate seat


Category: North America

Published on Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:04

Written by Martha T. Moore, USA TODAY

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Booker, a Democrat, easily defeated Republican Steve Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, N.J., in a special election to fill the seat held by Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.


Booker is New Jersey’s first African-American senator and the only elected black Senator in the upper house. Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina was appointed in January to fill the seat of Sen. Jim DeMint, who resigned.


“Thank you so much, New Jersey, I’m proud to be your senator-elect,” Booker tweeted minutes after the Associated Press declared him the winner.


Addressing supporters at a victory party, Booker said he will go to Washington “to engage in the kind of hard, humble service that reaches out to others.” He also paid an emotional tribute to his father, Cary, who died last week. “Death can end a life, but it cannot end a love,” Booker said.


The unusual date for the special election — a Wednesday less than a month before the November legislative and gubernatorial election — was set by Republican Gov. Chris Christie. The end of nine-week campaign, hard fought …

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