Chicago Mayoral Runoff Tests the Racial And Ideological Divisions of the Democrats

Last week, at the largest rally of the Chicago mayor’s race so far, Brandon Johnson sought to mimic Martin Luther King Jr., telling thousands that the election was an opportunity to “carry the progressive movement across the world.”

Johnson, the progressive Cook County commissioner, will face moderate former Chicago public school superintendent Paul Vallas in the Second City mayoral runoff on Tuesday, the 55th anniversary of King’s death.

At Thursday’s rally, Johnson invoked King’s remarks during a 17-month campaign in 1965 to reverse discriminatory housing practices in Chicago.

“If we can figure it out in Chicago, we can figure it out anywhere in the world,” Johnson said alongside the late civil rights leader’s son Martin Luther King III.

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