Democrat Cory Booker defeats GOP challenger Rik Mehta in race for US Senate seat in New Jersey

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Cory Booker defeated Republican Rik Mehta in a decisive victory for the US Senate race in New Jersey.

Booker joined the Senate in 2013 in a special election. In 2014, Booker retained his seat against a Republican challenger, Jeff Bell, winning by 13.5 points. Booker’s fellow Democratic senator from New Jersey, Bob Menendez, won reelection in 2018 by 11.2 points.

In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, won New Jersey by 14 points.

Booker ran for the Democratic presidential nomination before dropping out in January. He endorsed Joe Biden in March.

Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Centre for Politics rated the race as “safe” Democratic.

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