Rhymefest Loses Chicago Alderman Race, Claims Fraud
Although Chicago rapper Rhymefest was defeated in his bid for alderman on Tuesday (April 5), the aspiring politician has vowed to keep fighting, claiming his loss was due to massive voter fraud.
His campaign for alderman has been an uphill battle since day one, as Rhymefest, born Che Smith, had to make an initial appeal simply to run for the position, due to concerns that he did not meet the residency requirements and ultimately lost the election for alderman of his city's 20th Ward, receiving 45 percent of the vote to incumbent Willie Cochran's 55.
According to 'Fest, his opponent's total was greatly inflated due to voter fraud, a matter he is currently attempting to prove. "We want to ensure that it's fair and that every vote is counted, and that people who didn't live in the ward of vacant lots weren't people who were voting," the former Kanye West-affiliate explained in an interview with ABC. "We want to make sure that the 20th Ward voices are heard ... We concede nothing."
Alderman Cochran responded to 'Fest's allegations, saying that the Board of Elections will confirm his victory.
"The judges of the election, poll watchers, people at the Board of Elections, none of them are conspiring to create some kind of fake win," argued Cochran. "This was won in the field, in the battlefield. It was won by voters going into the booth doing what they do, and that is 53 percent for Willie Cochran."
Rhymefest has yet to reveal whether he will officially challenge the results in court.
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