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Newark by the Numbers: How Baraka Won?

By David Wildstein

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka won a re-election on Tuesday with a record-setting 77% of the vote.  Here’s how he did it:

* The North Ward gave Baraka 80.3% of the vote against challenger Gayle Cheneyfield Jenkins.  Turnout was 20% and Baraka’s margin was 3,560.

* The West Ward gave Baraka 78.2% of the vote. Turnout was 18% and Baraka’s margin was 3,069.

* The South Ward gave Baraka 77.3% of the vote.  Turnout was 22% and Baraka’s margin was 3,811.  Baraka is from the South Ward and represented it on the city council.

* The East Ward gave Baraka 74.9% of the vote.  Turnout was 22% and Baraka’s margin was 1,651.

* The Central Ward, where Gayle Cheneyfield Jenkins was a longtime city councilwoman, gave Baraka 74.9% of the vote.  Turnout was 22% and Baraka’s margin was 3,085.

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