(BLACKMEDIASCOOP) Newark Mayor Cory Booker will soon be headed to Washington as the next New Jersey senator.
The Democratic nominee easily bested Republican Steve Lonegan in Wednesday’s special election to succeed the late Frank Lautenberg. With 52% of the vote in, Booker led with 55 to 44 percent.
The famous mayor, who has touted his ability to bring people together while growing his own social media presence and popularity, will head to a polarized Washington where he’s certain to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and another outsized presence in D.C.
After easily winning a four-way Democratic primary in August, Booker was expected to have a clear path to win the election. But some stumbles along the way and tightening poll numbers drew scrutiny to the race in its final days.
Booker was dinged late last month after it was revealed he had exchanged direct messages with an Oregon stripper. The mayor dismissed it, saying it was just part of his active social media life, and he hadn’t scrutinized her profile.
Booker has also faced lingering questions over his finances, including his stake in an internet video company and payouts he received from his former law firm, who got contracts with the city. And the validity of other anecdotes he’s used on the trail, including a story of a former drug dealer, “T-Bone,” he later befriended, have been called into question.
With his win, Booker becomes the first African-American elected to the Senate since Barack Obama —
Booker will be only the 9th African American to ever serve in U.S. Senate and only the fourth popularly elected black senator since Reconstruction.
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