CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a double-digit lead over challenge Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, according to the latest poll data.
Over 2,000 Chicagoans participated in the poll, conducted by Ogden and Fry between March 27 and 28, and voters on March 27 were not given an "undecided" option.
According to the data from March 27, Emanuel led with 57.9 percent, and Garcia followed with 41.2. On March 28, Emanuel's 47.6 percent outpaced Garcia (34.2) by about 13 points. Voters who responded "undecided" accounted for 18.3 percent the March 28 poll.
Garcia's camp said the Hispanic vote is largely underrepresented in polls and believes there are an additional 10 to 14 points that will account for their vote. However, of the nine wards with low numbers of early voters, eight are considered Hispanic wards.
Though Garcia garnered enough votes to call for a runoff election, Emanuel has since pulled forward with an aggressive television campaign designed to make voters question Garcia's ability to finance his mayoral platform goals. Garcia has since taken to the airwaves to push for the removal of red light cameras; however recent poll data shows it may be too late to gain an advantage over Emanuel.
The runoff election is April 7.
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