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Sussex County Chooses Steve Lonegan Over Cory Booker

The Republican and Tea Party favorite swept every district in Hopatcong and Sparta.

At press time, Steve Lonegan also had scored victories in Monmouth and Morris counties.
At press time, Steve Lonegan also had scored victories in Monmouth and Morris counties.
Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Steve Lonegan came up short against Democrat Cory Booker in the special statewide race to win the right to fill the unexpired term of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. But Lonegan can comfort himself with the knowledge that he limited Booker's statewide win to about 11 percentage points. And he won handily in Sussex County, Hopatcong and Sparta.

Across the county, Lonegan garnered 64.9 percent of the vote to Booker's 33.7 percent, according to unofficial results released late Wednesday night by the Sussex County Clerk's Office.

That win was echoed in Hopatcong Borough, where Lonegan defeated his Democratic rival 1,682 to 978 in the unofficial count. In Sparta Township, the Republican unofficially netted 2,447 votes to Booker's 1,406. Lonegan won every district in both towns.

In both towns, the county clerk totals show that a little more than a quarter of registered voters came out to cast a ballot. 

As of midnight Thursday, unofficial results show Lonegan wins also in Monmouth and Morris counties.


Surenuff October 17, 2013 at 08:41 AM
...and he still lost lol Sussex county still playing catch up! (Why you mad?)
Michele Guttenberger October 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM
So now everyone knows Hopatcong & Sparta is Tea Party Country. Do you think this fact will give us all the political clout in getting any state or federal aid in the future? Nah, we don't need no stinkin state or federal grant money. Are roads and water are great and in tip top condition without their help - thank you. :-)
Tammy October 17, 2013 at 11:21 AM
This "article" is laughable. No matter how the author spins it Mr. Lonegan lost the election. No matter how she tries to "comfort" Mr. Lonegan with unofficial counts and statistics Mr. Lonegan lost the election. I was under the impression that I was voting in a Senatorial election, not watching a T-Ball game where every player gets a trophy.
genesko October 17, 2013 at 11:57 AM
According to NJ12.com last night, with only 55% of the state counted, Booker was declared the winner by a spread 11%. SUSSEX COUNTY WAS NOT EVEN TALLIED AT THAT POINT AT ALL. Literally 0% had been submitted. So basically, we don't count at all. Sussex county is irrelevent. Why did I bother voting in the first place?
Tammy October 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Hi gensko--Because at that point there was no way Mr. Lonegan could have won. Your vote does count!!!! Had it played out differently they may have needed Sussex County votes to determine the winner. Keep on voting!!! My daughter and I were just talking about disgraceful the low turn out is.
Michele Guttenberger October 17, 2013 at 01:32 PM
genesko - Correct - Sussex County is irrelevant and it has been for a long time. This is a Blue State and Sussex County is Real Red Republican so we are at the bottom of the priority list and definitely irrelevant. No wealthy supporters, no strong voter turnout, no big county population and a long history of crony politics = Who Cares about Sussex County. It just a place where candidates get to dress rehearsal their stump speeches before they hit the real campaign trail. Corey Booker didn't even bother to give one appearance in Sussex County. Why bother to stump in crony county everyone knows how we're voting. It's the same deal every election. Want to make your vote count? - move to a different county that takes an open view on candidates, has real party primary races, and makes their candidates work for their vote.

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