Report: Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia is preparing to jump into mayor’s race after poll shows promise, by Marcus Gilmer
After months of speculation, it seems U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is preparing to jump into the mayoral fray after a poll commissioned by his campaign shows him leading Mayor Lori Lightfoot in a head-to-head match-up.
“It’s further encouragement to consider taking the dive into the race. … If I sense that there is a way forward and that I can win the support of people across Chicagoland, I’m inclined to do so,” Garcia told the Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman, who published the poll results.
Garcia may be more inclined after seeing said poll numbers. When faced with all available choices, as they would during the first round of municipal voting, 22% of those surveyed chose Lightfoot while 14% chose Garcia. Willie Wilson, with 12%, was the only other candidate to hit double-digits (if you don’t count underdog candidate “not sure,” who netted 25%).
More importantly for Garcia, when asked to choose between Garcia and Lightfoot as they would in a run-off, respondents chose Garcia 43% to Lightfoot’s 34%. It’s certainly an eye-catching result even when considering nearly a quarter of those surveyed (23%) were undecided. And, the Sun-Times reports, it’s the only match-up where Lightfoot trails a one-on-one challenger: The poll puts her ahead of Paul Vallas, Willie Wilson and new entrant Brandon Johnson.
The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling, which surveyed 616 Chicagoans on October 26 and 27, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
As for when Garcia would officially announce his campaign, Fox 32 cites a source as saying Garcia will do so on the 40th anniversary of Harold Washington’s announcement for mayor, which would be Thursday, November 10.
None of this is for certain, of course. While chatter about Garcia’s potential candidacy has generated as much discussion as any candidate who’s actually announced, it’s not official until Garcia says it is—and he’s been teasing this for a long time. And since it was Garcia’s campaign that commissioned the poll, the results have to be taken with a grain of salt.
Crain’s will have more as this story—and others around the upcoming mayoral race—unfolds, including the challenges Garcia will face with several candidates, particularly Cook Co. Commissioner Brandon Johnson, already staking a claim to the left of Lightfoot on the political dial.
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November 1, 2022 at 07:05AM