Booker greets a supporter after casting his own vote in the special election. (John Moore/Getty Images)
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Twitter star with a Rolodex of Hollywood contacts, was elected to the Senate on Wednesday following a New Jersey special election campaign that lacked suspense.
After leading in the polls by double digits for the duration, the Democrat handily defeated conservative activist Steve Lonegan. The Associated Press called the race for Booker with 55 percent of precincts reporting, and the mayor ahead 55 percent to 44 percent.
Booker will fill the remaining term of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J. The senator’s June 3 death led to the interim appointment of Republican Jeff Chiesa and a special election four months later.
The rise to the Senate is the latest move for a politician whose ambitions are believed to reach even higher. He has already been mentioned as a potential vice presidential running mate in 2016. Full story