Special Senate Election to be Held Today
In order to fill the empty seat in United States Senate following the death of
Senator Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey will be having a special election today. Polls opened this morning at 6 am and will remain open until 8 pm this evening.
Democratic candidate and Mayor of Newark Cory Booker has spent the final days before the election attempting to bring to the public’s attention that his republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, is part of the government shutdown problem as a Tea Party obstructionist.
As a former state director of Americans for Prosperity, a group endorsed by the Tea Party, Mr. Lonegan opposes lifting the debt ceiling without massive spending cuts.
Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogata, NJ, has not been able to raise as much money as his opponent, but made up any monetary deficiency by an aggressive campaign, including rallies with Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, and Rick Perry.
He has also played on Mayor Bookers relative fame (Mayor Booker has a twitter following nearly six times the size of the population of the city he presides over), arguing that Booker cares more about his national profile than that of the state of New Jersey. “What New Jersey needs is a leader, not a tweeter,” said Lonegan in last week’s debate.
According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Mayor Booker is in the lead 54-40 percent over Mr. Lonegan.
The candidates are competing to fill the seat for the final 15 months of Senator Frank Lautenberg’s term.
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