DNA Info: Poor, Black Chicagoans Overwhelmingly Picked Rahm Over Chuy
|Via Chicagosmayor ig|
Mark Konkol breaks down the mayoral run-off from this past Tuesday:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was dubbed "Mayor 1 percent" by his detractors, ended up winning votes from some of Chicago's poorest residents.Certainly a much different outcome than the signs I saw the weekend before the election hoped to project. I'm sure this helped:
Nearly 60 percent of voters with an annual family income under $30,000 picked Emanuel, according to an Edison Research exit poll.
Sixty-one percent of Chicagoans most affected by poverty, crime and failing schools — poor black families who earn less than $50,000 a year — also voted for Emanuel.
That’s a significantly higher percentage than the 52 percent of black voters with annual household incomes that top $50,000 who voted for the mayor, said Edison Research executive vice president Joe Lenski.
In the end, those African American voters — some wrangled to the polls by a strong ground operation run by one of the late Cook County President John Stroger’s get-out-the-vote “generals,” Gerald Nichols — made all the difference for Emanuel.So the mayor had some help getting across the finish line. That being said since many of his candidates lost in their races for the city council one can only wonder how he'll get along. Does Emanuel have the juice he had when he first got into office?
“The swing voters were mainly black voters. There was no black candidate. They had to make a choice and they ended up choosing [Emanuel],” Lenski said.