Cory Booker Wins New Jersey Senate Race

7:39 PM PST 10/16/2013 by Tina Daunt
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Cory Booker

The mayor of Newark, who received strong support in Hollywood, beat tea party candidate in special election on Wednesday.

Cory Booker, Hollywood's political darling this election season, won his senate race Wednesday in New Jersey.

According to the Associate Press, the Newark Democratic mayor beat Republican Steve Lonegan, a tea party conservative and former mayor of Bogota.

The AP called the race with Booker leading Lonegan 55 percent to 44 percent with 41 percent of precincts reporting. Booker beat Lonegan after a four-month race to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg in June.

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Booker, who received strong support in Hollywood, will serve out the last 15 months of Lautenberg’s term. He is expected to run again next year to serve a six year term.

The mayor became an early favorite in the entertainment industry, with many of the A-listers lining up to back his senate campaign. Last month Matt Damon and Ron Burkle hosted Booker at Burkle's Green Acres estate, with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, according to an invite obtained by THR. Co-hosts included Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Jerry Weintraub, J.J. Abrams and wife, Katie McGrath, Troy Carter, WME co-CEO Patrick Whitesell, talent agency head Bob Gersh, Disney exec Sean Bailey, Netflix's Ted Sarandos and former U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant.

In April, Weintraub hosted a similar fundraiser for Booker at his Beverly Hills home. The list of co-hosts for the gathering took up much of that invite. They included Bob Iger, Jeffrey Katzenberg and wife Marilyn, Sony CEO Michael Lynton and wife Jamie, Barry Meyer, Kevin Tsujihara, Bruce Rosenblum, Michael Lombardo and partner Sony Ward, Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw; Rob Reiner and wife Michelle, Troy Garity, Bruce Willis, Terry Semel, Kevin Huvane, Bryan Lourd, James Lassiter and wife Mai, Steve Bing and Chris Albrecht.

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