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Popular Sheriff Darts to Early Lead in Mayor's Race



    Popular Sheriff Darts to Early Lead in Mayor's Race
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    ALSIP, IL - JULY 09: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart (L) and Rev. Jesse Jackson speak at a press conference at Burr Oak Cemetery July 9, 2009 in Alsip, Illinois. Police suspect upwards to 300 graves could have been dug up in the historic cemetery over the last several years and the bodies dumped in the back of the cemetery so the graves could be resold by the cemetery management. Blues music legend Willie Dixon and civil rights figure Emmett Till are among those buried in the suburban Chicago cemetery. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Just three days after Chicago Mayor Richard Daley opened up a mayoral free-for-all by announcing his intention to retire, Chicagoans already leading horses in what is sure to be come a wild race.

    Tom Dart and State Sen. James Meeks made the best showing in a McKeon & Associates poll designed for the Chicago Sun-Times. The popular sheriff garnered 12 percent  and Meeks garnered 10 percent of responses to the question: If the primary election for Mayor of Chicago were held today, for whom would you vote?

    Pollsters surveyed 600 randomly selected Chicago residents and had a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percent.

    So, what does it all mean? Squat.

    The most telling number from the poll is 35 percent, as in 35 percent of responders don't have a clue about which candidate to elect.

    Everyone else on the poll question -- Bob Fioretti, Jim Houlihan, Terry Peterson, Gery Chico, Rahm Emanuel, Jesse Jackson Jr., Luis Gutierrez -- grabbed between 3 percent to 9 perecent of the poll, which means everyone essentially sits in a statistical dead heat.

    National favorite Rahm Emanuel grabbed just 7 percent, fitting in behind Dart, Meeks and Gutierrez.

    Another thing to consider, the poll is decidedly incomplete. A number of other candidates - including clerk Miguel Del Valle and Ald. Sandi Jackson - have announced their intention to explore the office.