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Cory Booker Wins Primary Election, Both Statewide and in New Brunswick

Newark Mayor Will Face Republican Steve Lonegan in Oct. 16 Special Election
Cory Booker
Cory Booker took questions and posed for pictures at the opening of his campaign office at 120 Albany Street in New Brunswick. Charlie Kratovil

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Newark's Mayor won a decisive victory across the state in today's special primary election for United States Senate.

Cory Booker also bested his three opponents among New Brunswick voters, earning the votes of 764 city residents, nearly half of all of those who voted.

New Brunswick voters largely mirrored the voting patterns of other Democrats statewide, with Frank Pallone receiving an extra boost from the Hub City.  He has represented New Brunswick as a Congressman for two decades.

According to WNYC, as of 9:27pm, Booker has an insurmountable lead statewide with 59.2% of ballots counted going to him.  Pallone is in second place with 22.7% of ballots counted, and Congressman Rush Holt trails him with 13.3% of the vote.

Assembly Speaker Shiela Oliver is currently in last place with just 4.5% of the vote.

Over 95% of ballots cast today were from Democrats.  A simultaneous Republican primary only drew 72 voters.

Booker will face the winner of the Republican primary Steve Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota, NJ.

Here are the official results from New Brunswick's City Clerk:

Democratic Candidates Votes %
Cory Booker 764 48.7%
Frank Pallone 511 32.5%
Rush Holt 190 12.1%
Sheila Oliver 105 6.7%
TOTAL 1,570 --


Republican Candidates Votes %
Steve Lonegan 44 61.1%
Alieta Eck 28 38.9%
TOTAL 72 --