Now up to Voters: Chicago Mayoral Race

Chicago- Voters will decide Tuesday whether the city gets a new mayor to replace the retiring Richard Daley, although voters could see six more weeks of campaigning ahead if a one-on-one runoff election has to occur.

A sitting Chicago mayor has not on the ballot-it’s the first time in more than 60 years. And it’s the first time in 22 years that Daley will not be choice for city mayor.┬áVoters also will pick a new city clerk, and all 50 City Council -seats are up for election.

Even with a record number of aldermanic candidates, election officials said Monday they are expecting that the voter turnout will be just slightly more than 50 percent, which is low for local standards. In 1989, when Daley ran for mayor-68 percent of voters went to the polls.

Polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., however, the forecast is set to be a cold day, with morning flurries.