Lori Lightfoot, the current mayor of Chicago, Illinois, has lost her re-election bid, the New York Times reported.
Criticized for his inability to stop violent crime in Chicago, Lightfoot was only able to get 16.5% of the vote and failed to make it into the runoff for office.
Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas won 35% of the votes and Brandon Johnson 20 percent was able to be transplanted.
Both Vallas and Johnson will face each other in a run-off on April 4.
As Gateway Pundit previously reported, Chicago’s election rules require mayoral candidates to win more than 50% of the vote, with the two candidates with the most votes facing off in a runoff if neither candidate can reach the 50% threshold.
🚨 BREAKING: Lori Lightfoot is out as mayor of Chicago. pic.twitter.com/CYhqqnnX39
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According to the New York Times:
Chicago’s Lightfoot lost his bid for a second term on Tuesday, The Associated Press said, reflecting widespread dissatisfaction among voters with the handling of crime and policing in the nation’s third-largest city.
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 an April 4 runoff election.
After Paul Vallas received the most votes, The New York Times described Vallas as a Democrat with a conservative mindset when it came to tackling crime.
Paul Vallas, a Democrat running for mayor of Chicago with a conservative platform on crime and education, advanced to the April runoff on Tuesday, the Associated Press said, but his opponent was unclear as ballot counting continued.https://t. Co/Mo4JUWTUlQ
— Esha Ray (@ByEshaRay) March 1, 2023