Ras Baraka declares victory over Shavar Jefferies in Newark mayoral race

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former city councilman Ras Baraka has declared victory in the race to succeed Sen. Cory Booker as mayor of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city.

Baraka, a former city councilman, declared victory Tuesday with about 92 percent of districts counted. He was holding a 54 percent to 46 percent lead over former state assistant attorney general Shavar Jeffries.

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“We need to bring the city back together again,” Baraka said during his victory speech.

In Trenton, former city official Eric Jackson had about 30 percent of the vote with slightly more than half of precincts reporting. If none of the six candidates secured at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will be held June 10 between the top two.

In Ocean City, incumbent Jay Gillian won a second term as mayor, beating Ed Price by nearly 700 votes.

And Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider won an unprecedented seventh term in that Jersey Shore community.