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Ras Baraka elected mayor of Newark, N.J., replacing Cory Booker

Ras Baraka elected mayor of Newark, N.J., replacing Cory Booker

A onetime school principal who has deep roots in Newark’s Democratic  establishment has won the New Jersey city’s mayoral race, beating back a challenge from an attorney who ran on a platform of change.

Ras Baraka, son of the late poet Amiri Baraka, won with strong support from teachers unions and the Working Families Alliance. His opponent, attorney Shavar Jeffries, could not recover from the perception in the city, largely cultivated by a barrage of advertisements, that he was in the pocket of Wall Street and embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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