Early voting ends as candidates make weekend push

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Sunday, April 5, 2015
Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia face off in Thursday's runoff election for mayor.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Polls across Chicago are closed as early voting for Thursday's runoff elections came to an end Saturday afternoon.

More than 140,000 people have cast their ballots in Chicago. There was extra staffing and computers to handle the high turnout.

Many of those votes were for Chicago's first-ever mayoral runoff election between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, and candidates were making a big push this weekend to win over undecided voters.

Emanuel was joined by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at a "get out the vote" event at the Kleo Center on the South Side.

Garcia was also out greeting voters at the Rainbow PUSH headquarters Saturday morning.

The ABC7 Eyewitness News team will have complete election coverage Tuesday when the polls close at 7 p.m. with Eyewitness News on the "U," plus live updates throughout the night on ABC7, Facebook, Twitter and ABC7 Chicago's news apps. You can also get a complete recap on Eyewitness News at 10 p.m.