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Cory Booker campaigns for U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock in Georgia in 2022. (Photo Cory Booker).

Verona man loses U.S. Senate race in Georgia as Warnock wins re-election

Candidates with New Jersey ties went 2-2 in U.S. Senate races in 2022

By David Wildstein, December 06 2022 10:48 pm

The re-election of Raphael Warnock in a Georgia runoff election tonight means that candidates with New Jersey ties were 2-2 in the 2022 midterm elections.

In a close race, Warnock leads Republican Herschel Walker, a former Verona resident, by a 50.4% to 49.6% margin, giving Democrats a 51-49 majority in the Senate for the next two years.

Walker lived in Verona from 1983 to 1985 while playing for the USFL team owned by Donald Trump.  He continued to own his apartment at the Claridge House on Pompton Avenue until around 1995, after an NFL career took him to the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and in 1995, with the New York Giants.

Another Essex County man, Democrat Mark Kelly, was re-elected to his U.S. Senate seat in Arizona.  A former astronaut, Kelly grew up in West Orange.  Kelly won by four percentage points. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a resident of Cliffside Park until 2021, lost his bid for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania.  He lost to Democrat John Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor.  Fetterman won by a 51%-46% margin. 

Democrat Cheri Beasley, a former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court who lived in New Brunswick for four years while attending Rutgers University, was unsuccessful in her bid to flip a Senate seat.  She received 47.3 against Republican Ted Budd. 

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