Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Booker Has Strong Lead In Special Senate Election

Politico has reported on the special election in New Jersey for the Senate seat formerly occupied by the late Frank Lautenberg, showing Democrat Cory Booker having a substantial lead over Republican Steve Lonegan.  With just under 76% of the vote being reported, Booker has 55.3% to Lonegan's 43.6%.  Other candidates have combined to take about 1% of the vote.  Read the full story, which is subject to update as the votes continue to be counted.

In other news, a budget deal worked out earlier today (but not yet passed as of this posting), which would end the current federal shut-down, includes a one-time payment to Senator Lautenberg's widow, amounting to a Senator's yearly salary.  This provision has drawn some scrutiny because of Lautenberg's considerable wealth.  Read that story at USA Today.

UPDATE:  It's been called.  Booker 54.9%, Lonegan 44.0%, other candidates about 1%.  Say "hi" to our newest Senator, Cory Booker (D-NJ).

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