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Hoffa wins close race for Teamsters presidency

James P. Hoffa narrowly won re-election as general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, but his opponent drew stronger support from union members in the Buffalo Niagara region who voted.

Hoffa, who has served as Teamsters president since 1999, survived a strong challenge from Fred Zuckerman, winning by 52 percent to 48 percent. Zuckerman is president of Teamsters Local 89 in Kentucky.

Members of Local 264, based in Cheektowaga, were split, casting 328 votes for each of the two candidates. Members of Buffalo-based Local 449 favored Zuckerman by a more than 3-to-1 margin, with 648 votes to Hoffa's 201.

Zuckerman received about 800 more votes than Hoffa across the Teamsters' four U.S. regions, where 94 percent of the votes in the race came from, according to an unofficial union tally. But Hoffa, 75, won the Teamsters' Canada region by a more than 3-to-1 margin, securing him a fifth term as president of the 1.4-million member union.


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