Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) on Tuesday failed to secure enough votes to advance to the runoff on Tuesday, losing her bid for a second term in office, according to an Associated Press projection.
Lightfoot becomes the first Chicago mayor to lose a bid for reelection in 40 years, when former mayor Jane Byrne was ousted in 1983 after Chicago failed to clear the streets in a major snowstorm.
Lightfoot’s loss sets up former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas (R) and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson (D) for a head to head faceoff in the runoff election on April 4.
Lightfoot’s first term in office was marked by the coronavirus pandemic and a massive increase in crime.
“Lori has had her chance. Since Lori Lightfoot has been in office, it seems like crime has gotten worse,” 45-year-old Chicago resident Lonnell Jolly told the Associated Press.