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Booker, Lonegan clash in first debate in special U.S. Senate race

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Associated Press photo by Mel Evans

Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker, left, and Republican Steve Lonegan shake hands after their first debate in the U.S. Senate campaign on Friday. The two squared off in the first debate of the campaign with just 12 days to go before the special Senate election.

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TRENTON — In the first face-to-face showdown of their U.S. Senate campaign, Democrat Cory Booker repeatedly characterized his opponent's positions as "Tea Party extremism," while Republican Steve Lonegan frequently referred to Booker as a "left-wing liberal" and protégé of President Barack Obama.

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Associated Press photo by Mel Evans

Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker, left, and Republican Steve Lonegan shake hands after their first debate in the U.S. Senate campaign on Friday. The two squared off in the first debate of the campaign with just 12 days to go before the special Senate election.