Can Emanuel avoid runoff election?
January 21st, 2011
08:24 AM ET
12 years ago

Can Emanuel avoid runoff election?

Washington (CNN) - Just over one month from Chicago's mayoral election, a new poll indicates that front-runner Rahm Emanuel is closing in on the crucial 50 percent threshold, which would prevent the need for a runoff in April.

According to a Chicago Tribune/WGN survey, 44 percent of city voters back the former White House chief of staff for mayor, with former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun at 21 percent, former Chicago Board of Education president Gery Chico at 16 percent, City Clerk Miguel del Valle at seven percent and nine percent undecided.

If Emanuel wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the February 22 contest, there will be no need for a runoff election in April between the top two finishers.

The new survey, released Thursday evening, indicates that Emanuel is far ahead among females and white voters, and has a good amount of support among African-American and Latino voters as well.

Since the last Tribune/WGN poll was conducted five weeks ago, the field of candidates has shrunk, and Emanuel, Braun and Chico have all gained in the survey. Two prominent African-American candidates, Rep. Danny Davis and state Sen. James Meek ended their bids for mayor and endorsed Braun as the "consensus" black candidate.

The winner will succeed longtime Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who announced in September that he would not seek a seventh term in office.

Emanuel, who had been serving as chief of staff to President Barack Obama, stepped down from that position in October and returned home to Chicago to run for mayor.

The Chicago Tribune/WGN poll was conducted Saturday through Wednesday, with 708 likely registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Polls • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. diridi

    I do not know him that well, but he is not impressive to me....

    January 21, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. wiredweirdoinSF

    I am sure that between the mob, the corrupt union bosses and the democrat liberals that have run the city into the ground, they will figure out a way for the next corrupt union toady mayor of Chicago to take office. They are killing people all over the place in the great community organizers home town so there will be plenty of dead people to elect corrupt democrat liberal politicians just like always.

    January 21, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is possible that Emanuel could pull it off. He needs to provide a good solid message for the primary voters.

    January 21, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |