Cory Booker Easily Wins Senate Primary
He takes big step closer to becoming Senator Booker in October
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2013 8:21 PM CDT
Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker answers a question after he voted in a primary election Tuesday in Newark, N.J.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – No contest: Cory Booker won the Democratic primary for a Senate seat in New Jersey so easily tonight that the AP called it just 45 minutes after the polls closed and with just 7% of returns in, reports the Star-Ledger. The Newark mayor beat two congressmen and the state Assembly speaker. Booker hopes to serve the final 15 months of the late Frank Lautenberg's term. On the Republican side, former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan easily won his race as well. The special election is Oct. 16. New Jersey voters have elected Democrats to the Senate for the last four decades, and the New York Times has Booker as the "heavy favorite."

Quotes from the winning candidates:

  • Booker: “Make me your senator, New Jersey, and I will be unwavering in my focus on finding common ground. I will not be concerned with right or left but going forward.”
  • Lonegan: “I intend to run a line-in-the-sand campaign between a conservative and an extreme liberal. The differences could not be clearer.”

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Aug 15, 2013 1:06 AM CDT
My ONLY question. Was he the MOST QUALIFIED candidate or was he elected because he had the closest skin tone to the voters in this NJ district ? I am not from New Jersey and I do not know this man. If he was the most qualified then GREAT I wish him well - but I am SICK of IDIOTS that vote for people because they are: cute, have nice hair, read a telephrompter well, have the same skin pigmentation, it "feels" good or is politically corrrect, or they give the "right" answers despite NO experience or real qualifications. If we want to improve our lives and that of future generations, we Americans ( and I don't care whether you stand or sit or from which continent your great, great, great grandparents came) need to pull our collective heads out of our backsides and start electing for the MOST QUALIFIED person regardless of party, skin tone, marital status, sex, etc. We KEEP electing crooks, incompetents and idiots and wonder why we get the results we do...dah.. I am NOT saying Mr booker is any of these - as I said previously I do not know the man or his policies...
Aug 14, 2013 10:39 AM CDT
Another crook.
Aug 14, 2013 7:17 AM CDT
He really turned Newark around, it's a completely different city, he he he. Hey Mr. Booker, what happened to that 100 million dollars that Zuckerberg gave you? he he he The Newark School System surely hasn't seen much of it.