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Father of Senate candidate and Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker dies, leading to canceled events
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 10, 2013 6:00 PM EDT
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is canceling Senate campaign events because of his father's death.
Booker died less than a week before a U.S. Senate election in which his son is considered the favorite to win.
Cory Booker often speaks about how his father rose up from poverty. His father and mother, Carolyn, were among the first black executives at IBM. Cary Booker, who grew up in North Carolina, also was active in the civil rights movement.
The Booker family moved to New Jersey in 1969.
Cory Booker has canceled all his Thursday campaign events. The election is Wednesday.