New Jersey: Mayor Cory Booker easily wins Democratic primary for US Senate

New Jersey: Mayor Cory Booker easily wins Democratic primary for US Senate

With 98% of precincts reporting, Mayor Cory Booker easily won the Democratic primary in New Jersey in the special election to fill the US Senate seat of recently deceased Frank Lautenberg.

With 98 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Booker had won nearly 60 percent of the vote, far more than his nearest challenger, Representative Frank Pallone Jr., who had about 20 percent of the vote. Representative Rush D. Holt trailed with about 17 percent and the State Assembly speaker, Sheila Y. Oliver, had less than 5 percent.

Mr. Booker is a heavy favorite to win the October general election in an overwhelmingly Democratic state that has not elected a Republican senator in four decades. If he does he will become the country’s only elected black senator.

In the GOP primary, Steven Lonegan coasted to his own victory with 79% over his one challenger.

Of the over 300,000 votes cast, Booker received more than twice that of Lonegan.

(via NY Times)