According to a Victory Research poll, Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson appears to be closing in on Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.
The survey of 806 likely voters, conducted on behalf of Wilson's campaign on February 13 through February 15, also shows incumbent Rahm Emanuel polling at 41.3 percent. Other recent polls, however, have showed the mayor, who needs 50 percent of the vote plus one to avoid a runoff, polling higher than that. Wilson's campaign told Aldertrack that Victory's findings polled African-American wards in a more representative manner, which other polls have not.
In the Victory Research poll, Garcia garnered 15.8 percent of the vote, followed by Wilson at 14.6 percent, Ald. Bob Fioretti at 9.8 percent and William "Dock" Walls at 1.4 percent, according to Aldertrack. About 17 percent of poll respondents were undecided.
Meanwhile, a separate poll for the 31st Ward aldermanic race, conducted Tuesday by Ogden & Fry, shows that incumbent Ald. Ray Suarez could be headed into a runoff. The poll of 297 likely voters showed Suarez receiving 49.8 percent of the respondents' support. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.8 percent.
Coming in second in the poll was Milagros "Milly" Santiago, a former reporter, who garnered 32 percent of the potential voters' support. The two other aldermanic challengers, Sean Starr, a lawyer and professor, and Irma Cornier, a community outreach coordinator at NewLife 316, garnered 12.5 percent and 5.7 percent of the vote, respectfully.
Ogden & Fry also took a poll for the 36th Ward aldermanic race, which is "almost certain" to have a runoff, according to the polling firm's memo. Four candidates are vying for the 36th Ward seat, left vacant by Ald. Nicholas Sposato who is running in the 38th Ward due to the city's ward remap. The survey of 226 likely voters showed Omar Aquino, a former employee of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D, IL-8), polling at 39.8 percent followed by business owner Gilbert Villegas at 27.9 percent, business owner Christopher Vittorio at 25.2 percent and reference librarian Alonso Zaragoza at 5.8 percent. Read more about the 36th Ward race here.