Chicago Mayor Can’t Avoid Runoff Election
He couldn’t win outright. Incumbent mayor Rahm Emanuel surged at the polls Tuesday night, but his lead wasn’t enough to avoid a runoff against Cook County commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Chicago voters must now endure six more weeks of campaigning to decide whether to give the former Obama chief of staff a second term or switch horses. The next mayor must wrangle the city’s severe financial problems, including budget shortfalls in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Still, the Windy City hasn’t been captivated by the race, and turnout was low.