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+Cory Booker (D) i
2,541,178
57.23%
Rikin "Rik" Mehta (R)
1,817,052
40.92%
Madelyn Hoffman (G)
38,288
0.86%
Veronica Fernandez (I)
32,290
0.73%
Daniel Burke (I)
11,632
0.26%

4,440,440

Total ballots cast:  4,635,585
Plurality:  724,126 votes (16.31 percentage points)

 NJ Dep't of State Division of Elections




Notes: 

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), first elected to the U.S. Senate in an Oct. 16, 2013 special election, won a second full term, defeating biotech entrepreneur and attorney Rik Mehta (R) and three other candidates. 

Booker announced his Senate re-election campaign one day after ending a nearly year long quest for the Democratic presidential nomination; he began his presidential run on Feb. 1, 2019 and suspended his campaign on Jan. 13, 2020.

The primaries, originally scheduled for June 2, 2020 were  moved to July 7 due to the pandemic.  Mehta, who announced his candidacy in Oct. 2019, won with 154,817 votes (38.01%) to 146,133 (35.88%) for Hirsh Singh, senior director for operations at Hi-Tec Systems who ran in the 2017 gubernatorial primary; Tricia Flanagan obtained 72,678 votes (17.84%) and Natalie Lynn Rivera and Eugene Anagnos rounded out the field.  Singh refusd to concede and unsuccessfully sought a recount.  In the Democratic primary Booker easily defeated Lawrence "Larry" Hamm, chairman of the People's Organization for Progress, with 87.58% of the vote.

There was one debate between Booker and Mehta, sponsored by New Jersey Globe and conducted virtually on Zoom on Oct. 27 (>). 


Booker carried 14 counties to seven for Mehta.  The statewide vote tallies set records: Booker was the highest vote getter in a non-presidential election in New Jersey history and Mehta received more votes for Senate than any Republican candidate in New Jersey history.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Booker campaign spent $10.3 million over the six-year cycle and finished with cash on hand of $5.9 million, while the Mehta campaign spent $586,153 (>).

Campaign Managers:
Cory Booker  Adam Silverstein
(Feb. 2020) 
President/owner of Silver Strategies and Communications Group, Inc., a full-service public relations, strategic planning and political consulting firm in Wyckoff, NJ since 2008.  Extensive experience in Bergen Co. politics.  Chief strategist on Josh Gottheim's sucessful campaign for Congress in 2016.  Led Jim Tedesco's upset win for Bergen County Executive in 2014.  "Has worked on over 100 New Jersey political campaigns, including Cory Booker’s first campaign for Senate in 2013."
 
Rik Mehta 

Amanda Woloshen Glass served as campaign manager from Mar. 2020 through the primary, but left the position in early Aug. 2020.
missing: Cory Booker





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