By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
February 25, 2015
Chicago, Illinois - On Tuesday, Jesús "Chuy" García pulled an upset and forced Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a run-off election in April. Mayor Emanuel failed to get at least 51 percent to get re-elected for a second term in Chicago.
García ran a grassroots campaign and was less funded than Emanuel. García could very well become the next Mayor of Chicago in April and could become the first Hispanic to get elected as mayor. With 98 percent of the precincts reporting, Emanuel received 45.5 percent of the vote and García received 33.9 percent, while three other candidates received a shared 20.8 percent of the vote.
Emanuel won 35 wards of a total of 50 wards city wide and García took 15 wards including 11 of 12 majority Hispanic wards in Chicago, according to unofficial results late on Tuesday.
Emanuel raised at least $16M with half spent in TV advertising compared to García, who was seen as an underdog in the election but had big endorsements, including the Chicago Jewish Star.