Brandon Johnson Claims Victory In 1st District Race

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. 

As of around midnight, Boykin was down fewer than 400 votes to Johnson, with votes from just eight precincts in Cook County — three in the suburbs and five in the city — outstanding.

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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