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Emanuel Earns Commanding Lead Over Garcia in Tribune Poll



    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel earned his widest lead over challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in the latest poll of the runoff campaign. 

    The results of a Chicago Tribune poll, released late Monday, show the incumbent mayor with the support of 58 percent of the registered voters polled between last Wednesday and Sunday. Garcia, a Cook County Commissioner, had the support of 30 percent of those polled. Another 9 percent of the 724 voters polled said they were undecided.

    The margin of error in the poll was 3.7 percent.

    Emanuel's lead in the Tribune poll, conducted by APC Research, is wider than one released Sunday and conducted by Ogden and Fry. That poll had Emanuel at 47 percent to Garcia's 34 percent.

    The April 7 runoff is a first for Chicago since it changed its election system and falls during Spring Break for Chicago Public Schools. More than 82,000 ballots have been cast in the current Early Voting period.

    The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Emanuel for a second term.

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