CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia both began Wednesday greeting Chicago residents at CTA stations.
Emanuel failed in Tuesday's voting to win the majority needed to avoid a runoff against second-place finisher Garcia.
Garcia thanked early morning commuters at the Merchandise Mart. The Cook County commissioner was relatively unknown despite previous stints as alderman, state senator and aide to Mayor Harold Washington.
Emanuel greeted voters at the 95th Street Red Line stop this morning. Later in the afternoon, he appeared with Alderman Carrie Austin on the far South Side.
Political pundits believe it was somewhat of an embarrassment for the mayor on the national stage as a former congressman and chief of staff for president Barack Obama. Emanuel outspent Garcia by a two to 1 margin of millions of dollars.
But with this new race, political observers say if Garcia can coalesce support from his fellow opponents Bob Fioretti , Willie Wilson and William “Doc” Walls and the votes they received, he could pull off an upset the likes this city hasn't seen since Jane Byrne was beat back in 1983.
Emanuel was vague when asked if he would go negative in attack ads against Garcia but he still has millions in the bank to spend. As for his claim Garcia is vague on the issues, Garcia says he promises to talk about his vision in great detail in the days leading up to the April 7th runoff.