In mayoral race test drive, South Ward outpaces each of Newark’s other four wards for Booker

NEWARK – Ras Baraka sat casually amid a crowd of revelers in NJ-PAC here to celebrate the U.S. Senate victory of Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

‘Tonight, we are here to celebrate New Jersey’s first African-American senator, who hails from Newark,” Baraka spokeswoman Tai Cooper said when asked about the fast developing mayor’s race.

On Wednesday, the South Ward generated the most votes of the city’s five wards for Booker, and that may bode well for Baraka, who’s the South Ward councilman and a candidate for mayor.

Unofficially, the North Ward numbers were a little over 4,800, South more than 6,400. The west and Central together contributed over 5,500, and the East over 1,700.

Labor leader Rahaman Muhammad said he believes it does, and Baraka channeled a confident delight as Muhammad talked up South Ward performance.

But Baraka is not the only South Ward candidate in the race. Former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffires is also trying to gain traction in his run at City Hall, and both have to get through North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos.

In mayoral race test drive, South Ward outpaces each of Newark’s other four wards for Booker