How Chicago elects a mayor, and why a winner may take weeks


Chicago was holding an election today for mayor, but it will likely take weeks and a runoff election before a winner is declared. 9 candidates are competing for a chance to be Chicago's next mayor. That includes current mayor Lori Lightfoot seeking her second term to win the office outright a candidate needs to receive more than 50% of the vote. That's unlikely with such a large field, so the race is expected to go to an April 4th runoff between the top two vote getters. The election is officially nonpartisan and has not considered or called a primary, though all the candidates call themselves Democrats. In addition to lightfoot candidates are U.S. rep Jesus Chewy Garcia, former school CEO Paul valles, Cook County commissioner Brandon Johnson, businessman Willie Wilson, state rep cam Buckner, activist Jamal Greene and city council members Sophia king and roderick Sawyer. I'm Julie Walker

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