A political outsider who campaigned on reforming Chicago’s police department says voters likely had the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald on their minds when they advanced her to a runoff featuring two black female candidates for mayor.

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot’s first-place finish in Tuesday’s opening round of voting was somewhat surprising considering the 14-candidate field featured prominent state and local leaders and a member of the Daley dynasty.

Instead, Lightfoot’s outsider candidacy will be matched up against the ultimate insider, Toni Preckwinkle — a longtime member of the City Council who now holds the top job in Cook County. They are both black women who campaigned as progressives, but that’s largely where the similarities end.

Chicago Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot addresses the crowd at her election night party as she leads in the polls, Tuesday, Feb. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot addresses the crowd at her election night party as she leads in the polls, Tuesday, Feb. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle speaks at her election night event in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle speaks at her election night event in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle pauses during her speech at her election night event in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle pauses during her speech at her election night event in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot addresses the crowd at her election night party as she leads in the polls, Tuesday, Feb. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot addresses the crowd at her election night party as she leads in the polls, Tuesday, Feb. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago mayoral candidate Bill Daley reacts as he speaks during an election night celebration in Chicago, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago mayoral candidate Bill Daley reacts as he speaks during an election night celebration in Chicago, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Supporters at Lori Lightfoot's election party cheer, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Chicago. Fourteen candidates are jockeying for a spot in what will be an almost certain mayoral runoff. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Supporters at Lori Lightfoot’s election party cheer, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Chicago. Fourteen candidates are jockeying for a spot in what will be an almost certain mayoral runoff. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle greets voters at 95th Red Line Station in Chicago on Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
Chicago Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle greets voters at 95th Red Line Station in Chicago on Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle speaks at her election night event in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle speaks at her election night event in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

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