CNN reported that Lightfoot finished behind candidates Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson; because no one received a majority vote, Vallas and Johnson will face an April runoff election. Vallas, who formerly headed Chicago Public Schools, ran on a conservative, pro-police, tough-on-crime message and gained the endorsement of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. Johnson, who serves as Cook County Commissioner, ran as a progressive and was endorsed by Chicago’s Teachers Union. Lightfoot was left stuck in the middle, and her relatively moderate message and track record did not convince a majority of Chicagoans to keep her in office.
Lightfoot conceded the race on Tuesday night as results were becoming evident. She posted a message to social media telling Chicagoans that “serving as your mayor has been the honor of a lifetime.” She also touted her accomplishments, saying her administration had “made significant progress building a safer, more equitable city” and thanked her supporters.