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Breaking: Lori Lightfoot Ejected from Office as Chicago Mayor Race Heads to Runoff

Incumbent progressive Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot lost her bid for reelection on Tuesday night after one term in office, outpaced by two challengers who will advance to a runoff race. Lightfoot came in third with 16.6 percent of the vote behind former CEO of Chicago Public Schools Paul Vallas, who received 35 percent of the vote, and Cook County commissioner Brandon Johnson, who received 20.3 percent, according to CBS News Chicago. Since no candidate received more than 50 percent, a runoff election will be held. Vallas and Johnson will face off on April 4. After a turbulent first term marked by backlash to Covid restrictions and concerns over rampant crime, Lightfoot faced an uncertain path to a second chance at leadership. A former federal prosecutor whose early campaign platform included police reform and cracking down on city corruption, Lightfoot sailed to victory in 2019 as the political outsider option, making a bold entrance as the first black woman to lead the coun