Chicago may be synonymous with the Dems, but there are exceptions. You just need to know where to look.
18% of voters pulled Republican ballots in the March primary
This northwest nook, which includes the suburb-like neighborhoods Norwood Park and Edison Park (popular with police officers and firefighters), is the city’s most conservative ward. It’s had the highest percentage of GOP voters in each national election since 2008—and is represented by Chicago’s only Republican alderman, Anthony Napolitano.
14% of voters pulled Republican ballots in the March primary
Certain precincts lean even more conservative in this southwest section, particularly in Mount Greenwood (also a cop favorite—notice a pattern?), where 68 percent of 3rd Precinct voters opted for Romney in 2012.
11% of voters pulled Republican ballots in the March primary
The single most conservative precinct in the city can be found in West Ridge, a northern-border neighborhood that has a large concentration of Orthodox Jews. Last time around, 70 percent of 11th Precinct voters pulled the Romney lever.