Source: Jessica L. Taylor / NBC News
Newark Mayor Cory Booker will soon be headed to Washington as the next New Jersey senator.
The Democratic nominee easily bested Republican Steve Lonegan in Wednesday’s special election to succeed the late Frank Lautenberg. With 52 percent of the vote in, Booker led with 55 to 44 percent, according to the Associated Press, which called the race for Booker.
The famous mayor, who has touted his ability to bring people together while growing his own social media presence and popularity, will head to a polarized Washington where he’s certain to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and another outsized presence in D.C.
With his win, Booker becomes the first African-American elected to the Senate since Barack Obama— only the fourth popularly elected black senator since Reconstruction.
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