Oct 16, 2013

Now that it looks like I will be returning back to my day job, I figure now was the best time to bring myself out of exile and return to blogging.  During this sabbatical, I've been able to accomplish a lot of things so please expect a blog post about my adventures to come in the near future.

Now let's get back to what this post is about:

The AP is reporting that Newark mayor, Cory Booker, has just been elected to the United States senate after winning a special election.  The AP called the race with Booker leading Tea Party candidate Frank Lonegan 55 percent to 44 percent with 41 percent of precincts reporting.

The election was definitely a contentious one between Booker and Lonegan.  Lonegan brought out right-winged heavy weights such as Sarah Palin to campaign for him.

Booker prevailed after an unusual four-month race to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a fellow Democrat, in June.

Booker, 44, will serve out the last 15 months of Lautenberg’s term, and will need to run in 2014 for a chance at serving a full six-year term beyond that.

Booker led Lonegan, 57, by more than 30 points as recently as September, but a Monmouth University poll released this week showed a gap narrowed to 10 points.


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