Chicago voters are casting their ballots for who will become the city’s first new mayor since 1989. Candidates seeking to replace Mayor Richard Daley spent the long weekend making their final appeals (video below).
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is a solid favorite, but whether he’ll be able to surpass the 50 per-cent threshold, required to avoid a runoff, remains in doubt. A recent poll has Emanuel enjoying the support of 49 per-cent of respondents, 30 points ahead of his nearest challenger.
Mr. Emanuel was preferred by 49 percent of the 718 likely voters surveyed Saturday through Wednesday, just short of the more than 50 percent he will need to avoid facing the second-place finisher in a runoff on April 5.
Gery Chico, the former Chicago Board of Education president, was backed by 19 percent, Carol Moseley Braun, a former United States Senator, received support from 10 percent, and Miguel del Valle, the city clerk, got 8 percent. Twelve percent said they were still undecided.