Is Toni Preckwinkle invincible or vulnerable in the Chicago mayoral race?


County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined the crowded race to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel at an event carefully orchestrated to create the air of invincibility.

Preckwinkle’s image as the heavyweight in the ring was strengthened when her County Board floor leader, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, took a pass on the mayor’s race, opting instead to take the seat in Congress passed off to him by retiring U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Chicago.

But Democratic operatives not aligned with any of the mayoral candidates are privately questioning whether Preckwinkle’s image as the mayoral frontrunner is more spin than substance.

ANALYSIS

They point to the sizable protest vote against Preckwinkle in her March Democratic primary battle against an unfunded, uninspiring and relatively unknown challenger…

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