CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s mayoral candidates were entering the final hours of campaigning on Monday.
Voters will cast their ballots on Tuesday, so candidates were doing everything they can Monday to garner votes.
Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was visiting the 95th Street Red Line terminal early Monday, meeting with members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308, which represents CTA bus drivers and train operators.
Garcia has predicted a “good enough showing” in Tuesday’s election to force a runoff with Emanuel in April.
“I think people really tuned in over the last week. They saw our ads, they heard our message, and they’re responding very favorably. Right now it’s just getting every volunteer to do the work they’re supposed to do, and we’re very pumped up. We are headed for a runoff,” Garcia said early Monday.
Recent polls have shown Emanuel just shy of the majority vote needed to avoid a runoff, with Garcia his closest challenger.
Businessman Willie Wilson, who is running third in the polls, met early Monday with a roomful of ministers and other supporters Monday morning at the Chicago Baptist Institute, a training school for ministers, where Wilson serves as chairman.
Wilson said his own polls have shown he’s gaining ground in the race, not just among African-American voters, but with other groups unhappy with Emanuel as well.
However, he said he realizes any attempt to force a runoff with Emanuel will require a big turnout from his base, and expressed confidence in his “grassroots” effort to get out the vote on Tuesday.
“We’ve got signs and posters. We’re knocking on doors. Some of the pastors here already have buses, and already took them to the polls, and we’re prepared to do that tomorrow as well,” Wilson said.