Despite Senate-Elect Cory Booker having trailed his Republican challenger in yesterday’s special election in Monmouth County by about 10 points, Monmouth Democrats are finding some reason for rejoice.
According to unofficial election results, Booker trailed Steve Lonegan in the GOP-leaning county by nearly 10,000 votes. Lonegan ultimately took 54 percent of the county’s votes compared to Booker’s 45 percent.
However, a little more than 49,000 Democrats came out to vote in the county.
The number is being touted by Monmouth’s Democratic establishment, who pointed out to PolitickerNJ that more Dems came out to vote in Monmouth than in Hudson County (46,896 votes), Camden (38,806 votes), Gloucester (21,162 votes), Mercer (35,581 votes) or Union (45,728 votes).
“Monmouth County is No. 4 behind Essex, Bergen and Middlesex in number of Democrats who voted for Cory Booker yesterday,” said Vin Gopal, chairman of the Monmouth County Democrats.
Ahead of Wednesday’s special Senate election, Monmouth Democrats looked at Booker’s campaign as an opportunity to make headway in the historically GOP-leaning district.