Cory Booker

Cory Booker won his bid for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate seat Wednesday,

defeating Republican Steve Lonegan in a whirlwind special election race

that gave the ambitious Newark mayor an official entry to the national

political stage.(Yahoo News)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan answers a question after voting in Bogota, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Lonegan and Democrat Cory Booker are vying to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan answers a question after voting in Bogota, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Lonegan and Democrat Cory Booker are vying to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan answers a question after voting in Bogota, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Lonegan and Democrat Cory Booker are vying to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Democratic challenger State Senator Barbara Buono (L) shakes hands with a guest as she attends U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey, October 16, 2013. Democrat Booker, the charismatic mayor of Newark, was the unofficial winner of a New Jersey special election on Wednesday, handily defeating a conservative Republican to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Democratic challenger State Senator Barbara Buono shakes hands with a guest as she attends U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey
Democratic challenger State Senator Barbara Buono (L) shakes hands with a guest as she attends U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey, October 16, 2013. Democrat Booker, the charismatic mayor of Newark, was the unofficial winner of a New Jersey special election on Wednesday, handily defeating a conservative Republican to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A supporter of U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker waits for his arrival during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey, October 16, 2013. Democrat Booker, the charismatic mayor of Newark, was the unofficial winner of a New Jersey special election on Wednesday, handily defeating a conservative Republican to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
A supporter of U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker waits for his arrival during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey
A supporter of U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker waits for his arrival during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey, October 16, 2013. Democrat Booker, the charismatic mayor of Newark, was the unofficial winner of a New Jersey special election on Wednesday, handily defeating a conservative Republican to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker hugs his mother Carolyn after delivering a speech during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey, October 16, 2013. Democrat Booker, the charismatic mayor of Newark, was the unofficial winner of a New Jersey special election on Wednesday, handily defeating a conservative Republican to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker hugs his mother Carolyn after delivering a speech during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker hugs his mother Carolyn after delivering a speech during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey, October 16, 2013. Democrat Booker, the charismatic mayor of Newark, was the unofficial winner of a New Jersey special election on Wednesday, handily defeating a conservative Republican to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker speaks during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey, October 16, 2013. Voters headed to the polls on Wednesday in New Jersey, where Booker, the charismatic Democratic mayor of Newark, was heavily favored to beat conservative Republican Steve Lonegan in a special election to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker speaks during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker speaks during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey, October 16, 2013. Voters headed to the polls on Wednesday in New Jersey, where Booker, the charismatic Democratic mayor of Newark, was heavily favored to beat conservative Republican Steve Lonegan in a special election to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker speaks to guest during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey, October 16, 2013. Voters headed to the polls on Wednesday in New Jersey, where Booker, the charismatic Democratic mayor of Newark, was heavily favored to beat conservative Republican Steve Lonegan in a special election to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker speaks to guest during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker speaks to guest during his campaign's election night event in Newark, New Jersey, October 16, 2013. Voters headed to the polls on Wednesday in New Jersey, where Booker, the charismatic Democratic mayor of Newark, was heavily favored to beat conservative Republican Steve Lonegan in a special election to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker signs a paper at a polling center as he cast his vote on August 13, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
New Jersey's Booker expected to dominate Senate primary election
Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker signs a paper at a polling center as he cast his vote on August 13, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker speaks during a campaign rally with Eva Longoria on August 12, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
New Jersey's Booker expected to dominate Senate primary election
Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker speaks during a campaign rally with Eva Longoria on August 12, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

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