Frank Lautenberg, Senator from New Jersey, died at the age of 89 yesterday. Governor Chris Christie has called for a special election to fill the seat until election day, November 4, 2014. The Democratic and Republican primaries are scheduled for August 13, 2013 and the general election will be held on October 16.
The current tally in the Senate is 51 Democrats, 45 Republicans, 2 Independents (who both caucus with the Democrats), and 2 vacancies. The other vacancy will be filled in a June 25 special election in Massachusetts.