Wednesday, March 21, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Brandon Johnson addresses supporters at his election night headquarters in Chicago. | UWF Illinois/Twitter
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) and his challenger, Brandon Johnson, were in a virtual dead heat, according to suburban and city election data that was available online — but in a 12:00 a.m. phone interview, Johnson said that his campaign’s tracking of the ballots have him up enough votes to win.
Boykin, however, said that his campaign told him he was leading and that more absentee ballots needed to be counted. He added that election would not be decided tonight, that “it will go until tomorrow.”
Johnson said that “we feel good about the tally and it has us in the best position.” He said that Boykin had not called to concede.
Johnson, a Chicago teacher and union organizer who ran as a progressive alternative to the incumbent, said that his team’s “focus is moving forward and getting prepared to govern. People obviously wanted something different in the 1st District and I’m glad to be part of that.” VFP
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