Dems to Hold Next Convention in Chicago

( – The Democratic National Committee chose Chicago for its 2024 presidential nominating convention.

The Windy City beat out two other finalist cities, Atlanta, and New York.

The famously Democrat-run city is seeing a lot of political action recently, as it’s fresh off a runoff election to decide who holds the mayor’s office. None of the candidates in the normal mayoral election in February grabbed more than 50% of the vote, necessitating a run-off on April 4th.

Former Mayor Lori Lightfoot was knocked out in the February election, and this was the first time in 40 years that Chicagoans did not give a mayor a second term. Lightfoot, a Democrat, was unpopular among voters, and staff accused her of abrasive and abusive office management practices.

She came under fire over the perception that she had done little to curb skyrocketing violent crime during her tenure.

When Lightfoot lost in the original election, she blamed it on the fact that she’s black. It is not clear how that squares with the fact that one of her opponents who garnered more votes is also black.

That opponent, Brandon Johnson, may be even more left-leaning than Lightfoot. Johnson, a Cook County Commissioner, beat opponent Paul Vallas, also a Democrat, in the run-off.

The Democratic National Committee said it wanted to return to the Midwest, which it called a “critical Democratic stronghold.” The DNC announcement about the convention said Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, form a “blue wall” that was necessary for President Biden’s success in the 2020 presidential race.

Biden, who made the final location selection for the convention, called Chicago a “great choice.” He also called Democratic governor J.B. Pritzker and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, also a Democrat, to tell them the news. 

While the President has not formally announced a second run for the White House in 2024, he took credit for what he claimed was Democrats “creating over 12.5 million new jobs” before saying, “Now it’s time to finish the job.”

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