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Aug. 14 2013 8:44 AM

Opening Act: Sen. Cory Booker, D-Morning Joe

The celebrity mayor of Newark is now the most politically powerful man to have attended Sean Parker's wedding, after lapping the Democratic field in last night's U.S. Senate primary.

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Just after 8:40 p.m., when the primary was called for Booker, legendary hip-hop star Q-tip took the stage outside the arena.
"The new Senator is wayyyyy ahead," Q Tip said in between a remix of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back."
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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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