As in, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., would take 8 percent of the vote in an election for Chicago mayor, compared to 3 percent for city Clerk Miguel del Valle and 2 percent for City Colleges of Chicago head Gery Chico.
Those are the figures from a poll commissioned last week by Gutierrez, as reported Tuesday by the Chicago Sun-Times, to try to figure out if he is one of the dreamers who would only get 1 percent of the vote – if Chicago’s mayoral elections were held now instead of next February and April.
THE POLL CONTENDS that Gutierrez (finishing fourth) would fall just short of being in the top two that qualifies for a runoff election – but that he is the favorite of Latino voters, of whom 48 percent would back him (Chico, by comparison, only got 7 percent of the Latino vote).
According to the Sun-Times, Gutierrez is scheduled to speak Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and we may learn that day what he intends to do in the 2011 municipal elections.
For the time being, he is making the rounds of the country – talking up immigration reform while giving hints that he remains very concerned about that issue on the national front.
For what it is worth, Gutierrez’ poll indicates that a run-off election would wind up being between former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.