AP: Booker wins the Democratic Primary election for U.S. Senate; Lonegan beats Eck to win GOP nomination
By Max Pizarro | August 13th, 2013 - 8:46pm
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Mayor Cory Booker has won the Democratic Primary race for U.S. Senate, according to the Associated Press.

The AP has also reported victory for former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan in the GOP Primary for U.S. Senate.

Democratic operative Julie Roginsky made the announcement of Booker's win to the Newark mayor's assembled guests outside the Prudential Center.

"He is our Democratic nominee," Roginsky said to cheers.

Booker will face Lonegan in the general election, scheduled for Aug. 16.

With 93 percent of the vote recorded, Booker led Pallone 59 to 20 percent. Holt was in third with 16%. Oliver tallied 4%.

New Jersey Republican Party Chairman Samuel S. Raia released the following statement upon Steve Lonegan winning the Republican nomination for New Jersey's U.S. Senate seat: “I’d like to congratulate Steve Lonegan on a well-deserved victory in tonight’s U.S. Senate Special Election Primary. Steve is a staunch conservative who has a strong record fighting for Republican values in New Jersey, and he will run a strong campaign to be our next U.S. Senator.”

Booker clobbered his competitors in Essex County. Unofficially in Essex, Booker received 66% of the vote. Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) got 10%. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone got 18%, and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt got 6%.



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