Poll: Emanuel closing in on 50% support in Chicago mayor’s race

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CHICAGO — The latest Chicago Tribune poll shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel with a comfortable lead as he runs for re-election.

But that lead is not enough to avoid a runoff.

709 registered voters were polled over the phone February 11-15.

When asked, ‘If the election were held today, whom would you choose for mayor of Chicago?’

Emanuel is in the lead with 45% of the vote. That’s a 3% increase since a similar poll taken in January.

He still needs 50% of the vote, plus one, to avoid a runoff with the second place candidate.

According to the poll, that candidate would be Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, with 20% of the vote. That is up two percent from January.

Alderman Bob Fioretti and Willie Wilson both have 7%, with Fioretti losing some support.

William “Dock” Walls has 2% support.

But 18% of the registered voters polled say they’re still undecided.

The election is Tuesday, February 25.

The African American vote is expected to be a hot commodity in the race.

According to the poll, Emanuel leads with 42% of the vote.

Garcia has 13%, and Wilson has 12%.

But 25% of African American registered voters polled say they’re undecided.

Emanuel’s small boost in support also reflects on his approval ratings.

His approval rating in February is at 46%, compared to 44% in January.

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