Rahm Emanuel Wins in Chicago, Avoids Runoff

He easily triumphs in city's race for mayor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 22, 2011 8:28 PM CST
Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel middle, greets passengers with daughters Ilana 12, left, and Leah 10, at the 69th St. C.T.A. train station in Chicago Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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(Newser) – Rahm Emanuel has been elected mayor of Chicago, and he won't even need a runoff. With 86% of the precincts reporting, Emanuel was trouncing five opponents with 55% of the vote. Emanuel needed more than 50% of the vote to win outright. The other major candidates—former Chicago schools president Gery Chico (24%), former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (9%) and City Clerk Miguel del Valle (9%)—had hoped to force a runoff, but were no match for the former White House chief of staff.

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