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Only Four African Americans Have Ever Been Elected To The U.S. Senate In All Of American History

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FILE - This May 19, 2013. file photo, Newark Mayor Cory Booker delivers the main address during Class Day for Yale seniors at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. A member of Newark Mayor Cory Booker's campaign staff says Booker is planning to enter the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Frank Lautenberg. The staff member says Booker plans to announce his entry into the race Saturday, June 8, 2013. . He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized | AP

New Jersey voters elected Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) on Wednesday to the seat once held by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D). When he is seated, Senator-elect Booker will join Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) as one of only two African Americans in the upper house of Congress. Close to thirteen percent of the country is black, despite the fact that African Americans control just two percent of the seats in the Senate.

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