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).