The polling firm Ogden and Fry says Chicago's mayoral runoff contest is in a "dead heat."
A poll of 979 likely voters conducted Saturday by the firm showed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel polling at 42.9 percent, compared to Cook Count Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia's 38.5 percent. Over 18 percent of survey respondents were undecided in the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percent.
Another poll conducted by Ogden and Fry last Wednesday showed similar results. In that poll of 1,058 likely voters, Emanuel garnered 42.7 percent of the vote, and Garcia pulled in 38.7 percent of the vote, with more than 18 percent of survey respondents undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.07 percent.
"Over the last six weekly Chicago mayoral polls, it is clear the Hispanic population under-polls," Ogden and Fry's polling memo released Sunday reads. "Garcia is likely even with Emanuel as the runoff season begins."
Chicago's mayoral and aldermanic runoffs will take place on April 7.