Jane Byrne

Rawlings-Blake in a walk? Don't be so sure

Rawlings-Blake in a walk? Don't be so sure

The Sun poll of the mayor's race shows the incumbent, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, with a commanding lead. This should not come as a total surprise — she has tremendous name recognition, she has won citywide before, and she has raised far more money than her rivals. She faces several strong challengers, but she has well more support than all of them put together. With just over two weeks to go before the Democratic primary, it would be understandable for city residents — both those who support her and those who don't — to figure that the outcome is a foregone conclusion and that there is no point in voting. That would be a mistake. Here's why.

There's no reason to think the poll is...