CHICAGO — Chicagoans voted out Mayor Lori Lightfoot and sent Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas to a runoff in Tuesday’s election.
Vallas — the top vote-getter in the mayor’s race, with nearly 38 percent — saw broad support along the North Side’s lakefront and on the Far Northwest Side. He also found pockets of supporters on the Southwest and Far Southwest sides.
Vallas is the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools. He touted a tough-on-crime approach to politics, and he was portrayed by mayoral rivals as more conservative.
Meanwhile, some Northwest and North side neighborhoods, including the Far North lakefront, voted for Johnson. He also saw some support along the south lakefront. Johnson is a Cook County commissioner who has pushed a progressive agenda and received backing from the Chicago Teachers Union.
Johnson had about 20 percent of the city’s vote.
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Lightfoot surged to a surprise victory in 2019, but she was pushed out after Tuesday’s race. She saw broad support on the South Side and in parts of the Northwest and West sides, but she failed to be one of the top two vote-getters and conceded in a Tuesday night speech.
Lightfoot claimed about 17 percent of the city’s vote.
The other leading candidate was Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García, who pulled in 13.7 percent of the vote — not enough to make it to the runoff.
The top two vote-getters — Vallas and Johnson — will now head to an April 4 runoff.
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