With less than one week until Election Day in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign has released its latest ad in an attempt to garner a last-minute surge in supporters.
The ad, which was released on the same day new polling results showed the mayor could be forced into a run-off election, features Chicagoans talking about Emanuel’s impact on the city. The supporters call him “forward," saying “he’s not afraid to do something that not everybody’s going to love.”
One supporter in the ad even called Emanuel “a little rocket.”
The commercial showcases quotes from Emanuel’s newspaper endorsements and highlights the businesses that have come to Chicago under his four-year term.
“This campaign is not about the next four years, it’s about the next generation,” Mayor Emanuel said. “And I’m honored that so many hardworking Chicagoans have put their trust in me to make sure that all of our children have a bright future ahead of them.”
The Chicago Tribune's latest poll on the campaign, out Tuesday, showed that while the mayor has increased his favorability by 3 percentage points since late last month, he still falls short of the 50 percent-plus-one vote threshold needed Tuesday to avoid a run-off election.
The poll showed Emanuel at 45 percent, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia at 20 percent and 18 percent undecided.
Willie Wilson and Bob Fioretti are tied at seven percent with William Dock Walls at two percent.
Garcia, who added close to $200,000 in TV advertisements for the final campaign days, suggested that if Emanuel wins the election the city may see a second teachers’ strike.
“He is a confrontation type of mayor,” Garcia said. “He’s hard-headed and he thinks he can impose his will on everyone.”
Willie Wilson hopes to attract more jobs to Chicago through inviting an international sporting competition.
The important thing is that young people stay in a positive mode,” Wilson said. “So that they can look forward to the future, and this is what we're all about."
As for Ald. Bob Fioretti, he knows its crunch time.
“I’m sick and tired of seeing what I see in this city,” Fioretti said. “I stand up for the people this administration leaves behind."