Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker declared victory Tuesday night in one of the first races called out of New Jersey.
Booker easily defeated Rik Mehta, a business executive with a law degree and a doctorate in pharmacy, who staunchly supported President Donald Trump.
Booker, who won a special election in 2013 after the death of Democrat Frank Lautenberg before winning his first full term in 2014, delivered brief remarks from his home in Newark during a virtual celebration held by the New Jersey State Democratic Committee.
“This is an election season where I saw the best of our state, and this elections season, we all know it started four years ago, when thousands of New Jerseyans, led by women said enough.”
Booker's Senate win comes after his unsuccessful presidential primary bid, which was suspended in January before Booker officially endorsed Joe Biden back in March. New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the Senate since Clifford Case in 1972.