Attorney Lori Lightfoot defeated Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in Tuesday’s election, making her Chicago’s first African-American female mayor, according to unofficial returns.
Lightfoot jumped out to an early lead over Preckwinkle, a longtime political power broker, and had what appeared to be an insurmountable lead.
Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor making her first run for elected office, had 74 percent to Preckwinkle’s 26 percent, with nearly 83 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial vote totals.
A disappointed but upbeat-sounding Preckwinkle stepped to the microphone at her election gathering and thanked those who supported her unsuccessful run in Tuesday’s historic mayoral election.
“This may not be the outcome we wanted, but while I may be disappointed, I’m not disheartened,” Preckwinkle said. “For one thing this is clearly an historic night.”
Not long ago, two African-American women in a runoff for mayor would have been unthinkable, she said…..
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