Newark residents cast their votes in mayoral election

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NEWARK, N.J. (PIX11) — As the clock ticks, the men who want to be mayor of Newark continue their fight. The campaigns are out until the end, chanting and holding signs. The polls close at 8pm Tuesday.

Newark is a city with a lot of problems and voters want things to change. “The main thing is, we must bring our crime problems under control,” Newark resident Gerald Williams said.

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The candidates, Shavar Jeffries and Ras Baraka, have both pledged to improve Newark. Each cast their vote early Tuesday morning. Each optimistic on how the day would end.

“We are going to come out victorious, I believe,” Baraka said.

“I saw polls this weekend saying we are in the lead. So we feel great. We believe it’s our election to win,” Jeffries said.

An election worker told PIX11, turnout in her Central Ward polling spot was good. “Everybody wants to get involved and be a part of this. Because you want to get the right people in the building,” Deborah Jones-Stith said.