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CHICAGO (CBS) — The majority of polls across Chicago are closed and the votes are now being counted to determine the next mayor of Chicago as well as 18 races for alderman.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Cooler Trend Next Week After Quiet Weekend
The election is the first mayoral runoff since Chicago began using nonpartisan elections in the race for mayor in 1995. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing off against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
With 62.01 percent of precincts reporting, Mayor Emanuel leads Garcia 56.25 percent to 43.75 percent.
Both candidates for mayor have campaigned rigorously for several months.