New Poll Results Show African-American Voters in Chicago Favor Rahm Emanuel for New Term


A new mayoral poll shows Rahm Emanuel is likely to earn the majority of the coveted African-American vote on April 7.

WVON and the Chicago Defender interviewed more than 1,000 registered African-American voters in a questionnaire asking them how they would vote in the runoff election if it took place that day. About 46 percent of those surveyed put their support behind Emanuel, while 36 percent supported Garcia. Another 18 percent remained undecided.

Both candidates have actively campaigned for the African-American vote since Feb. 24 as it was seen as the key to winning the runoff. Much of that demographic remained heavily undecided in the ensuing weeks, thus giving those voters the potential to determine the outcome of the April 7 election.

Although Emanuel emerged the victor in this poll, Garcia has racked up more endorsements from African-American leaders, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, former mayoral candidate Willie Wilson and former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones.

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Source: NBC Chicago

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