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Cory Booker wins New Jersey Senate race

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a rising national Democratic star, was elected to the U.S. Senate Wednesday and will become New Jersey's first ever African American senator.

Booker defeated Republican Steve Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota. With most votes counted late Wednesday, the Associated Press had called the contest for Booker, who was carrying 55 percent of the vote.