For months, speculation has run high over how voters from communities of color would swing with Mayor Richard M. Daley sitting out the first mayoral election in more than two decades. Would a black consensus candidate peel away enough votes to push front runners Rahm Emanuel and Gery Chico into a runoff? Would Latinos finally flex their political muscle at the ballot box?
In the end, voters from both black and Latino wards threw more
support behind the candidate that most resembled Daley — Mayor-elect
Rahm Emanuel — than any other candidate in the race, a Chicago Reporter
analysis of preliminary election returns found. Voters from
predominately black wards ended up casting the same share of their
votes for Emanuel as voters in white wards. We broke down the
Our analysis of the racial composition of wards is based on each racial group comprising at least half of the local population. It’s
worth noting that “mixed” wards, where there was no clear racial
majority at the last census count, have grown increasingly white. That
said, it’s probably safe to bet that support from white voters may have
actually been higher than these numbers indicate.
is that it’s black voters — who gave more support to Emanuel than all
of the other candidates combined — helped pull the mayor elect across
the finish line yesterday.
–Alden K. Loury contributed to this post.