Update 9:10 pm ET – CHICAGO (AP) – Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel elected Chicago mayor
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Rahm Emanuel builds commanding lead in mayor’s race
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.
Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago Feb. 22, 2011 City of Chicago Municipal General Election
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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.