- - Monday, February 14, 2011


Chicago race heads into final week

CHICAGO | Chicago’s mayoral hopefuls are entering their final full week of campaigning before the election next Tuesday.

The final debate is set Thursday on WLS-TV. The candidates are seeking to replace retiring Mayor Richard Daley.

A recent poll by the Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV shows former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel leading the other three major candidates with 49 percent support. Former Chicago schools President Gery Chico had 19 percent, former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun had 10 percent and City Clerk Miguel del Valle had 8 percent.

Mr. Chico and Mrs. Braun are battling for the No. 2 spot on Election Day to force an April runoff.

The top two vote-getters will advance if no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote.


Romney has lead over home state rival

SALT LAKE CITY | Mitt Romney would receive the vote of more than twice as many Utahns for president than fellow Republican Jon Huntsman Jr., according to a statewide poll.

The Deseret News/KSL poll found that 56 percent of Utahns would cast their ballot for Mr. Romney, while 26 percent would choose Mr. Huntsman. Nine percent said they would vote for neither candidate, and another 9 percent were undecided.

Among Republican respondents, the poll found 72 percent would support Mr. Romney and just 15 percent would back Mr. Huntsman.

In a Utah GOP primary with Mormons Mr. Romney and Mr. Huntsman, Sarah Palin would get 7 percent and Mike Huckabee would receive 4 percent, according to the poll.

Mr. Romney, former Massachusetts governor and leader of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, won the 2008 Utah GOP presidential primary with an unprecedented 90 percent of the vote.

Mr. Huntsman, a former Utah governor, submitted his resignation as U.S. ambassador to China effective April 30 amid speculation he would run for president.

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