Democrat Cory Booker has been projected the winner in tonight's special election to choose the U.S. Senator from New Jersey, the Associated Press is reporting.
As of 9:53 p.m., the AP was reporting that Booker had 56 percent of the vote, Steve Lonegan 43 percent with 4,610 out of 6,330 precincts reporting.
In Atlantic County, those returns have Booker at 50 percent, Lonegan 49 percent with 147 out of 151 voting districts in.
According to unofficial election results, Lonegan led Cape May County with 58 percent of the vote to Booker's 39 percent. There were 17,666 votes cast in Cape May County for Tuesday's election.
The AP called the result shortly after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Republican Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, Bergen County, is running against Democrat Booker, the mayor of Newark, to fill a vacancy caused by the June 3 death of five-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
The seat is now held by Republican Jeffrey Chiesa who was appointed June 6 by Gov. Chris Christie until an election could be held. Chiesa was serving as the state’s attorney general at the time of his appointment. He declined to run for election.