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‘Anemic’: Progressives cheer Chicago’s ‘historic’ mayoral race, turn blind-eye to its depressing election reality

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Liberals are celebrating that history was made in Chicago’s mayoral race this week but are skimming over what appears to be a dirty legal secret.

Touting a score for “diversity” with the 14-way election race coming down to two African-American women, one of them openly gay, as they head to the April 2 mayoral runoff, Democrats celebrated the results as nothing short of “historic.”

“For the first time in history, the next mayor of Chicago will be a black woman,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson gushed in a Facebook post, according to the Chicago Tribune, referring to the final results with former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

“Two progressive African-American women will square off in the April 2 mayoral runoff. I could not be prouder of my beloved city. We made herstory tonight,” Jackson added.

Others joined the celebrating on social media.

But what was not being shouted by Democrats?

Apparently, the fact that the people of Chicago seem to have given up on a system that seems to continually give them more Democrats in charge, more progressives to continue running the city into the ground.

In fact, the election on Tuesday was notable as the city “barely escaped setting a record for low voter turnout,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

“We’re not seeing significant turnout,” Chicago Board of Election Commissioners spokesman Jim Allen said of what the newspaper called an “anemic total.”

“We hope voters make up their minds and participate … but it appears some voters are either just disengaged or not willing to make a decision until they know who’s in the runoff, assuming there is a runoff,” Allen said.

Democrats have railed against President Trump since his election in 2016 as a threat to the nation, calling for his immediate impeachment in the wake of his apparent hunger for power. Yet they celebrate an election in Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, that has seen Democrats in power for more than eight decades.

Just 34 percent of registered voters out of nearly 539,000 residents cast ballots on Tuesday, leaving no doubt in the minds of many just how important democracy is to Democrats.

A 55-year-old Chicago Public Schools security officer told the Chicago Tribune that he has not voted in about seven years as the outcome never makes a difference in the big picture.

“Once they’re in there, they’ll forget about you … it’s all about money and power, that’s all they want,” Peter Rivera said.

“I think people believe that no one’s going to make a big difference,” 34-year-old Lakeview resident, Jose Carmona,  said. “I think a lot of the candidates say what they’re going to do but usually don’t follow through.”

The numbers provided an even clearer snapshot of the low voter turnout.

According to the Tribune:

Just 76,569 voters in that age group cast ballots for this year’s election, according to unofficial results posted around 7 p.m. Tuesday. About 163,000 voters between the ages of 35 and 44 voted in the fall election. By the time polls closed, unofficial results said some 89,914 voters from that demographic participated in Tuesday’s race.

Roughly 151,000 voters between the ages of 45 and 54 voted in the 2018 midterms. Only 93,942 ballots from that age group were recorded by the close of polling on Tuesday.

 

Despite Lightfoot’s call to leave “the crumbling machine in the past,” a small number of voters in the Windy City decided to give that machine another round in power.

Apparently, everyone can see the emperor has no clothes except Chicago voters. And those who see the facts seem to have given up fighting a losing battle.

Frieda Powers

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