Race, sex and money: The race to be mayor of Chicago

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The latest race for mayor reminds me a lot of Agatha Christie’s thriller “And then there were none.” As the mystery unfolds, the number of viable guests at the dinner table dwindles. Tom Dart jumped out of the mayor’s race yesterday. And as of today, it looks like state Sen. James Meeks doesn’t have the endorsement of a group of African American politicians, clergy and community leaders seeking a consensus black candidate. Some are saying that nod might now go to former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.

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At the high point several weeks ago, there were 51
names of potential candidates being tossed around (some serious, others just rumored) to be Chicago’s next mayor. Today, there are just 15 people who are exploring a run for mayor, circulating nominating petitions or have officially said they’re “in,” according to a recent
listing on Progress Illinois. I
decided to update my earlier posts, which sized up the competition
based on cash, race and sex.

So here’s what’s new.

On Race: Now that the list has been
whittled substantially, the number of potential black candidates outweighs any other group. That wasn’t initially the case when there were marginally more white potential candidates. Still, none of the mayoral hopefuls are

On Sex: Just 13 percent of
the potential candidates–2 of 15–are women. Both women, Carol Moseley Braun and Annazette Collins, are African American. None of the white or Latino potential candidates are women. I’m not quite sure why there are so few women in the field considering that there are marginally more women in the city than men, 51 percent to be exact.

On Money: White candidates continue to have most of the campaign cash
on hand with 81 percent of the combined total followed by African Americans with 18 percent and Latinos with one percent.

Well, to be exact, one particular white candidate rules in the cash category. Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is tops on the leader
board with nearly $1.2 million in contributions, leaps and bounds over
anyone else. Here’s how far ahead of the pack Emanuel is: If you add up all the campaign cash among
all the remaining potential candidates, Emanuel still has an extra half million —
$469.239.48 to be exact. And that doesn’t even take into account
Braun’s contributions, which are in the hole more than $200,000. Rep. Danny Davis is in the
second spot with $366,621, which amounts to three times less than Emanuel. 

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