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Karen Lewis: I Could Have Won



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    Ailing Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis laid the groundwork to run for mayor against Rahm Emanuel before a brain tumor forced her to withdraw from the fight. 

    Lewis and her CTU allies drafted Jesus "Chuy" Garcia to run in her stead and Garcia managed to force a runoff with the ascerbic incumbent taking 34% of the vote against Emanuel's 46%.

    But, Lewis thinks those numbers would have been much different if she had managed to stick with the race. The Chicago Sun-Times asked her if she would have won the election outright on February 24. 

    "I think so," Lewis said to the paper. "I think the turnout would have been greater. People stopped me on the street: I will vote for you, I will work for you."

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    Lewis seems thrilled with Chuy's victory, however, and said she spoke with the candidate on election night. She wasn't able to attend the party because she's still recovering from her illness. 

    Read the whole interview in the Chicago Sun-Times

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