Jackson Mayor's Race Narrowed to Two

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Jackson, Miss.

Jackson voters cast ballots Tuesday in a special election to select the city's next mayor, culling a crowded field of 13 candidates down to two.

City Councilman Tony Yarber and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, son of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, will head to an April 22 runoff to see who will become Jackson's next mayor.

Unofficial results from the special election put Lumumba ahead of Yarber by 10 votes, a number likely to change as affidavit and absentee ballots are tallied.

Roughly 31 percent of the city's 114,000 registered voters cast ballots Tuesday, slightly surpassing the turnout from last May's Democratic primary race, which featured 11 candidates.