Lori Lightfoot, the Democrat mayor of Chicago, has been defeated in the Chicago mayor runoff campaign. Paul Vallas, an outspoken opponent of Lightfoot during her three-year mayoral leadership, received nearly twice as many votes as Lightfoot.
Vallas is expected to advance with Brandon Johnson to the April 4 runoff election for the Chicago mayor role. Vallas and Johnson received 35% and 20% of the votes, respectively. Lightfoot, the incumbent, is nowhere near to being able to make the runoff, receiving just 16% of votes.
🚨BREAKING: Lori Lightfoot is OUT as Mayor of Chicago. pic.twitter.com/CYhqqnnX39
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) March 1, 2023
Lightfoot constantly criticized Vallas for being too conservative as he made calls for more police within Chicago and equated Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate for Chicago workers to the Holocaust, Mercury News reported. Lightfoot is a far-Left progressive beloved by many within the Democrat party. When elected in 2019, she became the first Black woman and openly gay mayor to serve as Chicago’s mayor.
Mayor Lightfoot was often ridiculed by right-wing Chicagoans for her anti-police rhetoric, support for gun control, and severe COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Both Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas are members of the Democrat party. Vallas currently holds a 15% lead over Johnson. However, Vallas does promote tough-on-crime messaging which could lead him to victory within the crime-ridden city of Chicago.
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