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Senate Candidate Tweets Racist Attack On African American Opponent Cory Booker

By Ian Millhiser  

"Senate Candidate Tweets Racist Attack On African American Opponent Cory Booker"


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The U.S. Senate campaign of Steve Lonegan, who is widely expected to be the Republican nominee in a special election to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), tweeted a racist attack on Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the likely Democratic nominee. Lonegan’s tweet, which has since been deleted, read “#breaking just leaked – Cory Booker’s foreign policy debate prep notes,” and included an image of the city of Newark divided up according to various ethnicities:

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A member of Lonegan’s campaign claims that the candidate asked for the tweet to be taken down because he “didn’t find it funny or reflective of the way he thinks.”

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