Rahm Emanuel

It appears that things aren’t going very well for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his hopes for reelection. A new poll shows him trailing two possible challengers by wide margins.

An Early & Often Poll for Chicago Sun Times found both Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle with big leads over Emanuel. If the election was held today Lewis would beat him 45 percent to 36 percen while Preckwinkle would crush Emanuel 55 percent to just 31 percent.

Karen Lewis has been seriously considering a possible run and this poll might be the added incentive to get her officially in. We can likely expect Lewis to make a final decision by August.

It is important to remember that this is just one poll and the election won’t take place until February 2015. A lot could change between now and then, but it is more evidence that Emanuel is having really problems.

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