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Rhymefest loses 20th Ward Alderman election, may challenge results

April 6, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A vote challenge is looming in the city's 20th Ward race. Aldermanic candidate Che ''Rhymefest'' Smith is alleging massive vote fraud in the race.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Ald. Willie Cochran had 53 percent of the votes to Smith's 46 percent.

Smith and his attorneys met with election officials Tuesday night, questioning them about the results.

"We want to ensure that it's fair and that every vote is counted, and that people who didn't live in the ward of vacant lots weren't people who were voting. We want to make sure that the 20th Ward voices are heard," Smith said.

"This election is not final tonight, and that's the truth," said Fred Bates, Smith's attorney. "I don't know whether Alderman Cochran has declared victory or not, but we make no concessions."

"We concede nothing," Smith said.

After successfully forcing a run-off vote that took place the other day in Chicago, it is being reported that Che 'Rhymefest' Smith has lost the 20th Ward Alderman election by a slim margin of 3% of the votes. As you can read and watch above, Fest says "We concede nothing," adding on Twitter, "There were irregularities throughout the 20th ward. The election is not over. We are not conceding until every vote is counted." Hopefully this gets resolved fairly and squarely; keep it locked for more updates as they come. Whatever the end result, you gotta give it up to Rhymefest for putting forth a full and serious effort to making a difference in local politics and in the eyes of many, he already has made an influential impact!



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