Progressive candidate Brandon Johnson wins Chicago mayoral race

Brandon Johnson, Chicago mayor-elect
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Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, a union organizer and former high school teacher, won Chicago's hard-fought mayoral election on Tuesday, narrowly defeating former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas. Johnson's support from the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and other organized labor proved pivotal in the heated five-week runoff race, which started with Johnson as the underdog. Both candidates beat Mayor Lori Lightfoot in the first round of voting, making her the first Chicago mayor in 40 years to lose her re-election bid.

Vallas said at his election night party that he had "called Brandon Johnson and told him that I absolutely expect him to be the next mayor of Chicago," and he urged his supporters to united behind the mayor-elect.

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