Newark, NJ, United States (4E) – Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker is headed to the Capitol after winning Wednesday’s special election for the vacant U.S. Senate seat left by Democrat Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who died in June.
Booker, also a Democrat, won 54.6 percent or 706,808 votes to beat Steve Lonegan, who garnered 44.4 percent or 574,164 of ballots, according to The New York Times. The win made him the first African-American elected to the Senate since Barack Obama and the fourth since Reconstruction.
Booker beat four contenders in the Democratic primary in August partly through his popularity in the social media circle. He was a Twitter following that is six times as large as Newark, the biggest city in New Jersey.
The graduate of Stanford and Yale Law School, and a former Rhodes scholar also appears in late night TV shows. He thwarted mudslinging by Lonegan and rode on the Republicans shutdown-linked unpopularity coming into the election.
Booker was elected mayor in 2006 to replace Sharpe James, who later served time in prison for fraud.