President Barack Obama on Friday cast an early absentee ballot, which he said was for incumbent mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
The president urged Chicago voters to go to the polls come April 7, the date for the runoff mayoral election.
Rahm Emanuel is opposed by Jesús “Chuy” García. Both candidates are Democrats.
The original 2015 Chicago mayoral election took place on February 24, when Emanuel received 46% of the vote and Democratic Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García received 34%. It’s the first runoff in Chicago history.
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”I’m sure everyone knows I’ll be voting for Rahm, ” Obama promised.
“I’d like to encourage everyone in Chicago to vote in the April 7 city run-off election, ” President Obama added. “Whether you vote by mail, take advantage of early voting, or go to the polls on election day, I hope you will make your voice heard. This is an election about big things: jobs, schools and safety.
“In the race for mayor, I’m sure everyone knows I’ll be voting for Rahm. But I have something more important to say. Regardless of which candidate you are supporting, please join me in casting a ballot in this important election. Be a part of shaping the future of the city we love.”
First Lady Michelle Obama also used an absentee ballot.
Obama campaigned for Emanuel in Chicago before the first round in February.
The latest Ogden & Fry poll, published March 28, gives Emanuel a broad lead of 14 points, but is a drop from the incumbent’s peak poll March 21, which gave him 17 points.