Johnson is a progressive, Bernie Sanders-endorsed Democrat while Vallas was a more moderate opponent.
Outgoing mayor Lori Lightfoot made history as the first Chicago mayor in forty years to lose a re-election campaign. She served one term in office.
Johnson was backed by Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, (I-VT) and the Chicago's teacher's union while his fellow Democrat Vallas earned the support of the Chicago police union and business groups.
Chicago's massive crime numbers were a key element in voters' decision to boot Lightfoot as homicides and other violent crimes soared during her time in office.
According to the Chicago Police Department, Chicago marked a 25-year-high in homicides with 797 in 2021.
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