The New York Times has just reported current mayor of Chicago, Illinois, Lori Lightfoot has lost her re-election bid.
Lightfoot who has been criticized for her inability to put a stop to violent crime in Chicago was only able to obtain 16.5% of the vote and failed to make it into the runoff for the office.
Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas gained 35% of the vote and Brandon Johnson was able to snag 20%.
Both Vallas and Johnson will face each other in a run-off on April 4th.
As the Gateway Pundit previously reported, Chicago’s election rules require mayoral candidates to garner more than 50% of the vote in order to win, if no candidate is able to meet the 50% threshold then the two candidates with the most votes will face off in a runoff.
Per the New York Times:
Lightfoot of Chicago lost her bid for a second term on Tuesday, The Associated Press said, a resounding defeat that reflected widespread dissatisfaction from voters over her handling of crime and policing in the nation’s third-largest city.
The two candidates to emerge from Tuesday’s first round of voting — Paul Vallas, a former public schools executive, and Brandon Johnson, a county board commissioner — will advance to a runoff election on April 4.
After Paul Vallas received the most votes, the New York Times described Vallas as a Democrat with a conservatize mindset when it comes to tackling crime.
Paul Vallas, a Democrat running for mayor of Chicago with a conservative platform on crime and education, advanced on Tuesday to an April runoff, The Associated Press said, but his opponent remained unclear as ballots continued to be counted.https://t.co/Mo4JUWTUlQ
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