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Newark, N.J., voters go to polls to choose successor to Cory Booker
Newark, N.J., voters go to polls to choose successor to Cory Booker

The last time they voted for mayor, residents of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, chose the guy who was famous for saving a neighbor from a burning building, befriending Oprah Winfrey and convincing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to give millions of dollars to the city’s schools. This time Cory Booker isn’t on the ballot, since he is now New Jersey’s junior U.S. senator. Instead, voters Tuesday were choosing between Ras Baraka, 44, a city councilman and son of a poet, and Shavar Jeffries, 39, the former state assistant attorney general. They may not be household names outside of Newark, but whoever wins this race will be able to exert significant power in...

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