Mike McAuliffe and Amie Kessem. [Submitted photos]

Republicans in Chicago will have few chances to make their mark during the March 17 primary, with most GOP candidates either running uncontested or headed for likely defeats at the hands of their Democratic opponent in November.

But one race in the city’s 41st Ward could have big implications for a burgeoning Republican movement on the Northwest Side, as well as the fight to defend the party’s last remaining state house seat within city limits.

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