Lightfoot conceded defeat as the election day drew to a close, according to the Chicago Tribune. "A visibly shaken Lightfoot conceded the race just before 9 p.m. and said she will be 'rooting and praying for our next mayor to deliver for the people of the city for years to come,'" the city's paper of record reported.
"Obviously, we didn’t win the election today, but I stand here with my head held high and a heart full of gratitude," Lightfoot said. She further claimed that her administration made "real progress on public safety."
Lightfoot, who served during the 2020 riots in Chicago that led to the defund the police movement and a massive uptick in crime in the windy city, has been rebuked by voters.
Instead, Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson, neither of whom were able to gain more than 50 percent of the votes, will face a run off on April 4.
During her tenure in office, homicides in Chicago spiked to their highest number a quarter of a century in 2021, according the city's police department, even outstripping New York City and Los Angeles.
In her concession speech Tuesday night, Lightfoot said, "I will be rooting and praying for the next mayor of Chicago."
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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