Rahm, Chuy Push for Final Votes Ahead of Historic Runoff

It's a fight to the finish for Chicago's mayoral candidates.

As both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia prepare for the city's historic runoff election Tuesday, their political battle continues to garner national spotlight.

The pair have fought for votes in heated topics like education, city violence and Chicago's ever-prominent budget concerns, with the most recently released poll placing Emanuel with a more than 18 percent lead over Garcia.  

Emanuel and Garcia planned Monday events to meet and greet voters ahead of Tuesday's election.

Emanuel scheduled a 9:30 a.m. breakfast with campaign "super volunteers" at an Ann Sather's restaurant in Lakeview.

That was to be followed by visit at a nearby campaign office for a get-out-the-vote event.

Garcia planned to greet commuters at the UIC-Halsted station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line between 8:45 a.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Later, between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., he scheduled a visit at the bus terminal at 79th and Halsted.

From 4:00 to 4:30 p.m., Garcia was scheduled to attend a get-out-the-vote rally with labor organizer and immigrant rights activist Eliseo Medina and other supporters at a Southwest Side campaign office.

He's scheduled to cap off his evening with another meet-and-greet with commuters at the Damen station on the CTA's Blue Line from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Both candidates maintained busy schedules during the Easter weekend

Election officials say more than 142,300 Chicago voters cast early ballots for Tuesday's runoff election.

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