Newark Mayor Cory Booker is one step closer to the U.S. Senate, having just won New Jersey’s special primary election for the Democratic nomination.
The primary was being held because of the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who passed away in June. However, Booker had already announced that he would be seeking Lautenberg’s seat — even before Lautenberg himself announced he would not be seeking releection.
But Booker has never been one to color inside the lines. He previously lived for a week on food stamps and also rushed into his neighbor’s burning house to help the residents escape. He was later treated for second degree burns and smoke inhalation.
Booker defeated Rep. Rush Holt, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Rep. Frank Pallone in the special primary, with a 40-point lead over runner-up Pallone. The general election will be held in two months, where Booker will face Republican challenger Steve Lonegan. Booker will be heavily favored in the Oct. 16 special general election, as New Jersey tends to lean to the left.
Whoever wins in October will only assume Lautenberg’s seat until the 2014 election, where he will have to run again for a full six-year term.