Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has lost her bid for re-election, becoming the first mayor in 40 years to fail to win a second term. The race will now head to an April 4th runoff election between former superintendent of Chicago Public Schools Paul Vallas and Cook County commissioner Brandon Johnson.
Lightfoot addressed her supporters on Tuesday evening after calling Vallas and Johnson to concede.
“We were fierce competitors in these last few months,” Lightfoot said during Tuesday’s concession speech. “But I will be rooting and praying for our next mayor to deliver for the people of this city for years to come.”
Lightfoot’s defeat comes as crime rates soar in Chicago. In 2021, homicides in the Windy City rose to their highest numbers in 25 years, outpacing other other major cities like New York City and Los Angeles.
Watch Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot concede below: