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15th Ward Poll Finds Lopez Ahead of Yanez, But Many Voters Undecided

By Josh McGhee | March 22, 2015 9:02am | Updated on March 23, 2015 9:31am
 Ray Lopez (from l.)  and Rafael Yanez are vying for the 15th ward aldermanic seat.
Ray Lopez (from l.) and Rafael Yanez are vying for the 15th ward aldermanic seat.
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CHICAGO — A new poll of 15th Ward voters found Ray Lopez leading Rafael Yanez by 15 points in the upcoming runoff April 7, but nearly half of all voters remain undecided.

The poll conducted by Ogden and Fry asked 359 residents for their preferred candidate and determined Lopez, a skycap for Southwest Airlines and Democratic ward committeeman, still has a ways to go to win over the ward, despite winning 47.1 percent of the vote in the Feb. 24 election. 

Yanez, a crime prevention specialist with the Chicago Police Department, received 22.9 percent of the votes in the six-person race that included Eddie Daniels, Adolfo Mondragon and Raul Reyes.

Of the voters polled by Ogden and Fry, Lopez received 122 votes — or 34 percent — and Yanez received 66 votes — or 18.4 percent. Some 171 of those polled, or 47 percent, were still undecided.

Respondents polled lived in four ZIP codes: 60609, 60629, 60632 and 60636. About 43 percent of responders were men and 57 percent were women, pollsters said.

The respondents were picked from a random selection of likely voters, which included residents who voted in one of the last three races, according to Ogden and Fry.

The ward covers parts of Brighton Park, West Englewood, Back of the Yards and Gage Park.

Check out our full 2015 Aldermanic Election guide for more info on the candidates in this and other ward races.

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