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Passaic County Helps Tab Booker in Special Senate Election

PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ - Cory Booker was projected to win the open U.S. Senate seat in Wednesday's special election, and Passaic County followed suit with the majority of the state.

According to figures published by the Associated Press, Booker, the Democrat mayor of Newark, captured 59 percent of the vote in Passaic County to 40 percent for Republican Steve Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota in neighboring Bergen County.

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.

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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.

Booker received 37,012 votes overall in Passaic County. Lonegan got 25,167 votes in the county.

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