October 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM
NEW JERSEY - Cory Booker was projected to win the open U.S. Senate seat in Wednesday's special election, but that's not the way the vote went in Sussex County.
According to figures published by the Associated Press, Republican Steve Lonegan captured 65 percent of the Sussex County vote, to just 34 percent for Booker, the Democrat mayor of Newark, with all of Sussex County's 119 precincts having reported their results.
With more than 95 percent of the state's precincts in, Booker held a statewide lead of 55-44 in percentage points for the Senate seat vacated by the death of 89-year-old Frank Lautenberg on June 3.
The seat that Booker won will be up for election again in 2014, so Booker will only be assured of the seat for another year before the November elections next year.
In Sussex County, Lonegan got 17,764 votes to 9,234 for Booker.