Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chicago Election Results: Rahm Emanuel Elected Mayor Of Chicago

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been elected the next mayor of Chicago. Emanuel received an outright majority of the vote Tuesday, avoiding a runoff election.

As of 9:30 p.m. with 90 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel led with approximately 55 percent of the vote. Gerry Chico, a former chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, was in second place with 24 percent.With 84 percent of the precincts counted, Emanuel has 55 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s mayoral election.

If those numbers hold, Emanuel would win the race outright, avoiding another six weeks in a runoff. CNN was projecting him to do so.

Emanuel appears to be riding a $12 million media blitz, a near endorsement from President Obama and the full endorsement of former President Bill Clinton to a one-and-done victory over three major rivals.

In second place was former school board chief Gery Chico, with 24 percent. Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and City Clerk Miguel del Valle each had 9 percent.

With Braun coming in behind del Valle, Emanuel was poised to capture a big enough chunk of the black vote to close out Chicago’s first wide-open mayor’s race in 64 years.Challenges to Mr. Emanuel’s residency threatened to unhinge the campaign, but a legal challenge seemed to resolve the issue.

The former White House chief of staff will now succeed outgoing mayor Richard M. Daley, who announced his intention to vacate office late last year.

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