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Vallas campaign predicts no clear winner on election night for Chicago mayoral election

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Paul Vallas’ war room expects Tuesday’s mayoral runoff vote to be so close that we may not know the winner until days after the election, when most of the mail-in ballots are counted.

“On Election Night, there’s a good chance it’s too close to tell,” Valas campaign manager Bryan Towne said Wednesday.

Joe Trippi, a veteran Democratic political strategist and adviser to the Ballas precinct, said Chicagoans won’t know whether Ballas or Brandon Johnson will become the 57th mayor until days after polls close. We should “expect” what we don’t know, he said. He said the number of mail-in ballots was almost certainly “larger than the margin” separating Ballas and Johnson.

“People are using mail-in ballots as the standard method of voting, not just in Chicago but across the country. There will be many. [outstanding] ballot paper. They may not all be submitted…we’ll have to wait for them,” Trippi said.

“We may be in a position where someone has a decent lead, but no one can call it that. There is no formal way to do it until we have everything in place. So it could take a while.” he added. “Please count on it.”

Brandon Johnson’s team won’t go that far, but admits that external and internal follow-up polls show the five-week run-off sprint is likely headed for a photo finish.

All ballots returned by 7:00 pm Monday will be counted on Election Night. The rest will have to wait. Technically, the Chicago Board of Elections requires him to count all mail-in ballots postmarked by April 18, by 7:00 p.m. on Election Night.

Jason Lee, a senior adviser to the Johnson campaign, said: “It was thought that it would take days to find out who made it to the run-off, but we were able to make a decision basically around 9 p.m.

“We don’t want to speculate…when will we be in a position to run the race? We want to make sure all the votes are tallied and the people of Chicago feel confident about the outcome.”

Brandon Davis, senior media strategist for the Johnson campaign, added: People who want to be part of the process. Our campaign welcomes it. ”

In an interview with The Sun-Times on Wednesday, both teams discussed how they planned to lead their candidates to the finish line in what has become a battle for the heart and soul of Chicago.

The Vallas team was a little more aggressive.

They say Vallas will be Chicago’s next mayor. If you can raise it and make the 25% to 30.% of the African-American vote and over 60% of the Latino vote.

Trippi expects the election to be decided by 10% of the undecided voters. Many of them are older, “moderate to conservative” African Americans who “wrestle” with his two questions: Brandon Johnson: ‘Do you really have a goal to stop funding the police?

Those voters are “listening to everything and trying to discern what’s true and what’s true. And the advantage we have now is Dick Durbin, Bobby Rush, Jesse White.” , Sophia King. A bunch of Democrats telling people they know Paul Vallas. He’s a pro-choice Democrat,” Trippi said.

“As it becomes more apparent to the group, we have a real opportunity to break out.”

Johnson’s team has identified “multiple paths to victory” and “strategies for executing them all,” Lee said.

It begins by “consolidating the African-American vote,” making the Hispanic majority a “competitive demographic,” and “expanding it as far as possible” into a working-class white community. .

Their trump card could be a 2,000-strong voting army that includes many members of the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Locals 1 and 73, SEIU Healthcare, and AFSCME Council 31. trade unions that support him.

“At Lakeside, we did well in Round 1. I think we will continue to do well, especially with women voters in areas who believe in a Chicago that works for everyone and who are frankly disliked by some rhetoric. Police Chief John Catanzara — a statement that Ballas denounced.

On the eve of a Johnson rally headlined by Senator Bernie Sanders, Lee said: [Avenue] Corridor-based — a ward that we’ve done very well. We believe we can generate additional turnout in those wards.There is a lot of enthusiasm available to us. We will consider collecting as many votes as possible from our areas of expertise. ”

The race was left to choose between “two different visions” of Chicago and “two different strategies to deliver real safety and real economic opportunity,” Lee said.

“This is a city that boasts Democratic values.

“When values ​​are out of alignment, it’s hard to trust that strategy won’t end up in a direction you don’t want to go.”

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