Chicago: Mayor Lightfoot’s Downward Re-Election Trends Continue: Two new polls continue to show Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) in an underdog position for re-election in likely the nation’s most important 2023 mayoral election.
The surveys, from M3 Strategies (12/11-13; 440 Chicago likely voters; SMS text to web) and a more recent study from Lester & Associates for the Sophie King campaign (1/9-14; 600 Chicago likely voters; live interview), find Mayor Lightfoot trailing in the February 28th non-partisan primary election. There is also a fair chance that she will fail to even qualify for the April 4th runoff, a secondary election which appears inevitable since no one is close to obtaining majority support.
Both polls find US Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-Chicago) claiming first place. The M3 poll showed Lightfoot dropping to third position behind former Chicago budget director Paul Vallas, while Lester & Associates sees the incumbent Mayor holding the second slot. The M3 poll found Ms. Lightfoot saddled with a terrible 25:74% favorable to unfavorable ratio. This latter statistic might be most indicative in suggesting that she will fail to win re-election.
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