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Booker Wins Majority of Springfield Voters

By on Oct 16 2013.
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About 45 minutes after polls for the New Jersey Special Senate Election closed at 8:00 p.m.  on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the local votes were tallied by the Springfield Clerk’s Office and Newark Mayor Cory Booker had 57.89% of the votes cast.  With 1,603 votes out of 2,769 cast at Springfield polls, Booker had a 459 vote lead over Republican Steven Lonegan.  Six other candidates ran campaigns separate from the two major parties and they had a total of 22 votes.  Five of the independent candidates have already filed a petition to challenge the election.

The special 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 local polling numbers are not very different from early statewide results.  With 44% of districts reporting throughout New Jersey as of 9:20 p.m., Booker has 55% of the vote compared to Lonegan who has 44%, according to NJ.com.  Polls favored Booker to win and he has raised nearly 8 times as much money as Lonegan.

The above results are unofficial as they have not yet been certified by the Union County Clerk.  The winner of this special election will only complete Lautenberg’s term and the Senate seat will be on the ballot again in 2014.



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