Rahm Emanuel elected Chicago mayor with 55% of Vote

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Rahm Emanuel builds commanding lead in mayor’s race

Former White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel appears to have a new title: Chicago’s mayor-elect.

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.

“It looks like this thing is all over,” said Ald. Pat O‚Connor (40th), whose North Side ward delivered a 65 percent vote for Emanuel.

via Rahm Emanuel builds commanding lead in mayor’s race – Chicago Sun-Times.

Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago Feb. 22, 2011 City of Chicago Municipal General Election

Mayor

91% of precincts reporting
Updated 8:52 p.m.
Source: Associated Press
Votes
Candidate Votes Pct.
Emanuel 295,818 54.9%
Chico 131,421 24.4%
del Valle 50,593 9.4%
Moseley Braun 47,225 8.8%
Van Pelt Watkins 8,664 1.6%
Walls 4,768 0.9%

via chicago Mayor Election Results – Feb. 22, 2011  | Iron Mill News Service.

President Obama Weighs in

I want to extend my congratulations to Rahm Emanuel on a well-deserved victory tonight.  As a Chicagoan and a friend, I couldn’t be prouder. Rahm will be a terrific mayor for all the people of Chicago.

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