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Lightfoot set to become Chicago's first black woman mayor

Updated : April 03, 2019 11:31 AM IST

Lori Lightfoot, a political newcomer, was on track to be elected the first black female mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, with a massive lead over opponent Toni Preckwinkle in a city struggling with crime and poor finances. With more than half of precincts counted, former president of independent civilian body the Chicago Police Board,Lightfoot, 56, had 74 percent of votes while Preckwinkle, 72, a long-time local politician had 26 percent in a runoff to become Chicago's 56th mayor.

Lightfoot, who will also become the first openly gay mayor of the third-largest US city, appealed to voters who are tired of politics as usual. She has never held political office, while Preckwinkle was a city councilwoman for almost 20 years before becoming Cook County board president in 2010.

Chicago mayoral candidates Toni Preckwinkle (L) and Lori Lightfoot are seen in this combination photo. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott/File Photo)
Chicago mayoral candidates Toni Preckwinkle (L) and Lori Lightfoot are seen in this combination photo. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott/File Photo)
Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot greets a commuter at the Logan Square Blue Line station during a runoff election for mayor against Toni Preckwinkle in Chicago, Illinois, US. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot greets a commuter at the Logan Square Blue Line station during a runoff election for mayor against Toni Preckwinkle in Chicago, Illinois, US. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle hugs a woman at a polling place during a runoff election for mayor against Lori Lightfoot in Chicago. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle hugs a woman at a polling place during a runoff election for mayor against Lori Lightfoot in Chicago. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle takes a selfie with Abraham Lacy and his son Isaac Lacy at a polling place. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle takes a selfie with Abraham Lacy and his son Isaac Lacy at a polling place. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot greets a commuter at the Logan Square Blue Line station during a runoff election for mayor against Toni Preckwinkle in Chicago. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot greets a commuter at the Logan Square Blue Line station during a runoff election for mayor against Toni Preckwinkle in Chicago. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Voters fill out their ballot at a polling place during a runoff election. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Voters fill out their ballot at a polling place during a runoff election. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle fills out paperwork for her ballot at a polling place. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle fills out paperwork for her ballot at a polling place. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot speaks with a supporter at the Logan Square Blue Line station during a runoff election for mayor against Toni Preckwinkle in Chicago. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot speaks with a supporter at the Logan Square Blue Line station during a runoff election for mayor against Toni Preckwinkle in Chicago. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
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