The rise of Cory Booker

"Up with Steve Kornacki" panelists debate the mayor's chances of winning the seat for U.S. Senate

Published June 8, 2013 6:13PM (EDT)

Newark N.J. mayor Cory Booker announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Saturday morning, running in a special election for a seat that opened up after the death of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

On MSNBC's "Up with Steve Kornacki," panelists discuss Booker's chances in the democratic primary and the general election in October.

Kornacki describes Booker as the "overwhelming favorite" of the candidates and potential candidates in the democratic primary, which include Rep. Rush Holt, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone and speaker of the state assembly Sheila Oliver.

Ingrid Reed of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, said, "He is well known, so around the state if you had to name one person, showed them the list, they would point to Cory Booker."

"But if you look a little deeper, Newark is not Cory Booker's place," she said. "He's not -- doesn't seem to be in control in administrative matters, budget, police, so on, but he's had political problems in Newark. How do New Jerseyans look at that?"

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By Prachi Gupta

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