Afternoon Briefing: Which primary races remain uncertain

Good afternoon, Chicago.

A pair of key primary races remain without a winner: the Democratic primary for Cook County state’s attorney and the Bring Chicago Home referendum.

According to unofficial results from the Cook County Clerk and Chicago Board of Elections, retired Appellate Justice Eileen O’Neill Burke was leading former prosecutor and government official Clayton Harris III by a little less than 9,500 votes as of this morning, with 20 precincts yet to report in Chicago and one precinct outstanding in the suburbs — and tens of thousands of mail-in ballots left to be potentially tallied in the state’s attorney race.

Mayor Brandon Johnson’s Bring Chicago Home referendum appears in peril. With 96% of precincts reporting, 53.9% of votes were against the referendum, to 46.1% in favor. The Bring Chicago Home campaign released a statement that stopped short of conceding but acknowledged the lackluster performance.

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