Foxx Holds Strong Lead Among African-American Voters: Report

The former Assistant State’s Attorney has garnered nearly 50 percent more support from African Americans than her two primary opponents

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Kim Foxx holds a commanding lead with African-American voters in the race for Cook County State’s Attorney.

According to a survey of 818 likely African-American primary voters, Foxx received 59 percent of support with Cook County State’s Attorney Alvarez receiving 10 percent and former state and federal prosecutor Donna More receiving 9 percent.

Twenty-three percent of respondents to the survey remained undecided.

African American’s account for 33-35 percent of the county’s overall electorate.

The survey was conducted by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) between March 5-6 of this year.

The SEIU previously endorsed Foxx’s campaign.

Foxx, the sole African American in the race, was raised in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing complex and attended Chicago Public Schools.

Incumbent Alvarez has fallen out of favor with the county’s black community as a result of her handling of the 2014 police-involved shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald.

Chicago police office Jason Van Dyke was not charged with McDonald’s murder for 13 months. Charges were eventually filed as dash-cam video of the incident was being made public last November.

Foxx previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for 12 years, some of which were served under Alvarez. More recently, she served as chief-of-staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Foxx, Alvarez and More will face off in the March 15 Democratic primary for State’s Attorney. 

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