Poll: Emanuel, Garcia Remain Locked In Tight Race For Mayor

(CBS) – Incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel remains in a close race with challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, with nearly 20 percent of voters undecided about whom to support.

That’s the gist of the latest poll conducted by Ogden & Fry, which mirrors the results of polls the firm conducted in the last week of February.

The most recent poll was conducted Saturday with 1,020 likely voters from across the city’s 50 wards. It shows Emanuel in the lead, with 43.5 percent of voters indicating they would cast their ballot for the former congressman and White House chief of staff.

Garcia, a Cook County commissioner, trailed at 38 percent. Eighteen percent of likely voters were undecided in the one-question, automated poll, Ogden & Fry announced.

“Garcia has two intangible factors assisting his campaign,” Ogden & Fry said in an analysis of the results. “The Hispanic vote has consistently under-polled in Chicago Mayoral polls. Also, the undecided vote generally does not break for a known incumbent.”

Meanwhile, African-American voters collectively have the power to decide the mayoral contest, the firm said.

Margin of error was 3.13 percent.

Chicago’s mayoral election is April 7.

 

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