Chicago Election Board: Rahm Can Run for Mayor

But Emanuel's legal battle could drag on for weeks
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2010 12:31 PM CST
In this Dec. 14, 2010, file photo Rahm Emanuel, right, testifies before the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners during a hearing challenging his residency to run as Mayor in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, file)

(Newser) – Rahm Emanuel won a big battle in his bid to be Chicago's mayor today, as the city's election commissioners voted to keep him on the February 22nd ballot, the Chicago Tribune reports. Some of Emanuel's opponents tried to make the case he's not a legal resident—given that he'd been pretty busy in DC for the last two years—but the commissioners agreed, by a 3-0 vote, that he satisfies the requirement. The ruling, however, is expected to be challenged in the courts, meaning Emanuel's legal and electoral battle could run parallel through the coming weeks.

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