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Primary win sets up Jim Kenney as Philadelphia's next mayor

Written by The Associated Press | May 20, 2015 3:50 AM
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Democratic mayoral candidate and former City Councilman Jim Kenney, center, celebrates onstage after winning the primary election, Tuesday in Philadelphia.

(Philadelphia) -- A former longtime Philadelphia councilman with strong union backing is poised to become the city's next mayor after winning a six-way Democratic primary. 

Jim Kenney captured the nomination despite a pro-charter school group spending nearly $7 million in support of challenger Anthony Hardy Williams, a state senator. 

The victory all but assures Kenney will be the next mayor of the nation's fifth largest city, where Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 7-1. 

Early results show the 57-year-old Kenney beating Williams by about a 3-1 margin. 

Kenney served on the council for 23 years.

He wants to end police stop and frisk, provide universal pre-kindergarten education and raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

Two-term Mayor Michael Nutter could not seek another term. 

Kenney faces Republican Melissa Murray Bailey in November.  

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