Some church-goers in the Triangle got a surprise Sunday: a visit from U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and N.J. Sen. Cory Booker.
The two Democrats visited five churches in the Raleigh-Durham area. One of their stops was Mount Peace Baptist Church on MLK Boulevard in Raleigh, where they were joined by Willie Rowe, the Democratic candidate for Wake County sheriff.
Booker spoke at all five churches, telling the congregation why re-electing Kay Hagan was crucial for the country as well as the state of North Carolina. (See the video below.)
“This is a competitive race and Sen. Booker would like to support Sen. Hagan as much as he can,” said Booker campaign spokesman Silvia Alvarez. Booker also is running for re-election this year.
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Booker’s parents both worked for IBM, and he grew up in New Jersey, but his late father, Cary Booker, was a North Carolina native who grew up in Hendersonville.
Booker also attended a fundraiser for Hagan on Sunday.
Booker is the first African-American U.S. senator from New Jersey and the former mayor of Newark. He won a special election in 2013 after the death of Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
There are no plans now for Booker to return to the state to campaign, Hayden said. He said Booker wanted to help Hagan’s re-election effort because “he has seen her work for North Carolina.”