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Chicago to Elect Its First Black Woman Mayor

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Published on April 2, 2019 - Duration: 00:50s

Chicago to Elect Its First Black Woman Mayor

Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot are the two candidates in Chicago's runoff election Tuesday.

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Chicago to Elect Its First Black Woman Mayor

Regardless of which candidate wins, Chicago will make history Tuesday by electing a black woman as mayor for the first time.

It will also be the  largest city  in the U.S. to do so.   Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot are the two candidates in Chicago's runoff election.

Fourteen candidates ran in the city's mayoral election in February.

Two-term Mayor Rahm Emanuel  didn't run  again.   Preckwinkle got about 16 percent of the vote, and Lightfoot got 17.5 percent.

That qualified them for a runoff election.

Preckwinkle is the head of the Cook County Democratic Party and the county's board of commissioners, and Lightfoot is a lawyer and former federal prosecutor.

Both mayoral candidates are Democrats.   If elected, Lightfoot would also be the city's first openly gay mayor. 

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