Cory Booker Wins Democratic Primary In New Jersey

Source: Jessica Taylor / NBC News

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has won the Democratic nomination in New Jersey’s special primary election, the Associated Press projected Tuesday night. The victory puts Booker one step closer to a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Booker beat out three other Democratic competitors in the contest to succeed the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, defeating Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt as well as Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.

Now, the popular celebrity mayor faces a special general election in just over two months, when he will face Republican Steve Lonegan.

The former Bogota, N.J., mayor and conservative activist won the GOP nomination over physician and first time candidate Alieta Eck. Lonegan, who is legally blind, unsuccessfully challenged Chris Christie in the 2009 Republican gubernatorial primary.

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