Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is squaring off against challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the city’s first-ever runoff election for mayor Tuesday.
Emanuel holds a solid, double-digit lead over Garcia as Chicagoans take to the polls on Tuesday, CNN reports, but analysts have not ruled out a surprise upset by Garcia, who has gained traction among voters in lower-income neighborhoods who feel pinched by the city’s sluggish economic growth.
Garcia has criticized Emanuel for neglecting the city’s hardest-hit communities, while Emanuel’s campaign team has struck back with campaign ads questioning Garcia’s willingness to tackle the city’s $20 billion pension crisis and $300 million budget shortfall.
Emanuel secured 47% of the vote in the initial round of voting in February.
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