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With 94 percent of the precincts reporting shortly before 11 p.m., Booker, the mayor of Newark, had been declared the winner among the Democrats with 59 percent of the vote, followed by 20 percent for U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, 16 percent for U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, and 4 percent for state Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver.
Among the Republicans, Lonegan – a former mayor of Bogota, N.J. who now heads a conservative group – claimed 80 percent of the vote compared with 20 percent for challenger Alieta Eck, also with 94 percent of the precincts reporting.
As CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported, Booker ran up to the stage to accept his party’s nomination as a crowd cheered him outside.