Chicago Poised to Have Its First Black Female Mayor

The city of Chicago is on track to elect its first black female mayor, with Lori Lightfoot holding the lead with 17.5 percent of the vote and candidate Toni Preckwinkle coming in second with 16 percent as they head to a runoff election. Former White House Chief of Staff, Obama Cabinet member, and political scion Bill Daley conceded. “This is an outcome none of us wanted,” Daley announced to a room full of supporters late Tuesday night. “Even though we fell short, we accomplished much... I am very proud of the campaign we ran. It was positive.” Daley—the former commerce secretary and chief of staff to Barack Obama—paid tribute to his brother, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, who was also in the room, after unofficial results put him in third place. Fourteen candidates jockeyed to become Chicago's next mayor after Rahm Emanuel announced his retirement.