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Springfield Special Primary Election Results, Booker & Lonegan Win

By on Aug 13 2013.
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On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, a special primary election was held across the state of New Jersey for the position of United States Senator after long-time Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg passed away on June 3, 2013.  The Democratic candidates included Rush Holt, Cory Booker, Frank Pallone, Jr. and Sheila Oliver.  The Republican candidates included Steven Lonegan and Alieta Eck.

Voter turnout in Springfield’s 14 districts was light.  Just around 1,000 voters cast their ballots with Democrats turning out in stronger numbers than Republicans to voice their support in a relatively more contested race than their political counterparts.  Over 700 Democrats went to the polls in Springfield and Newark Mayor Cory Booker won with 437 votes.  Congressman Frank Pallone received 139 votes, Congressman Rush Holt received 121 votes and Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver received 19 votes.  One registered Democrat apparently displeased with the pool of candidates offered by the party cast a write-in vote for Republican Steven Lonegan.

Veteran Republican politician Steven M. Lonegan won his party’s primary with 207 votes and Dr. Alieta Eck trailed with only 45 votes.  Write-ins Reagan and Roosevelt received one vote each.

The local polling numbers were not very different from the statewide results.  The race has been called for both Booker and Lonegan.  The two candidates will face off in a special election that will be held on October 16, 2013.

The above results are unofficial as they have not yet been certified by the Union County Clerk.

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