Newark voters head to the polls to elect a new mayor

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NEWARK, N.J. (PIX11/AP) — Voters in a Newark are headed to the polls Tuesday to select the city’s next mayor after their previous leader was elected to the Senate.

This race is a close one between Shavar Jeffries, former state Assistant Attorney General, and Ras Baraka, a city councilman and former high school principal.

The winner will take the seat held by Cory Booker,w ho stepped down last year to run successfully for U.S. Senate.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

Mayoral races in Newark — the state’s largest city — and Trenton — New Jersey’s capital city — top the list of contests around the state Tuesday. Paterson, Bayonne, Long Branch and Ocean City are among other cities holding elections.

In Trenton, six candidates are vying to replace Tony Mack, who was convicted on federal corruption charges in February and is due to be sentenced this week.

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