Lightfoot Downplays Poll Showing Her Ahead Of Preckwinkle

Craig Dellimore
March 05, 2019 - 8:16 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicago mayoral hopeful Lori Lightfoot is dismissing any suggestion that the runoff election on April 2 is hers to lose.

A poll this week showed Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor and a former president of the Chicago Police Board, with a 2-to-1 advantage over her opponent, Toni Preckwinkle. The poll indicated there was a substantial, but not decisive, number of undecided voters.

Chicago Teachers Union officials called the poll – taken for an activist parents’ organization – “garbage.”

Lightfoot said she’s not putting much stock in that survey, either.

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“We’re the underdog in this race,” she said. “We’re running against Toni Preckwinkle, who’s been an elected officials for decades, who obviously has a lot of party infrastructure that she can draw upon. She’s got millions of dollars, and she’s already gone up with negative ads. So, we’re not letting up on the gas.”

Few candidates enjoy being labeled the front-runner, so Lightfoot’s reluctance isn’t unusual. And she does not have Preckwinkle’s resources.

Preckwinkle, a onetime history teacher and a former Chicago City Council member, is Cook County Board President and chair of the Cook County Democratic Party. The self-described progressive candidate has said Lightfoot doesn’t have the experience necessary to be mayor.

The two candidates emerged as the top vote-getters in last week's mayoral election, which triggered a runoff contest. Either hopeful would be the first African-American woman to become Chicago mayor.