Chicago Election: Former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel wins as Chicago mayor

By on Feb 23, 2011 in International, Politics, United States Comments

Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama‘s former chief of staff wins as Chicago mayor in the recent election, according to US news sites on Tuesday.

Rahm Emanuel wins as Chicago mayor
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Emanuel, 51, who resigned as White House chief of staff in October 2010 to prepare for the campaign period, was elected as the next mayor of Chicago, America’s largest city..

He has now 55 percent of the votes, with 86 percent of the total votes counted, winning against 5 opponents, and will replace Richard M. Daley, who was the Chicago mayor since 1989.

“What makes this victory most gratifying is that it was built on votes from every corner of this city,” Rahm Emanuel was quoted as saying, while speaking in front of his supporters.

“It’s easy to find differences, but we can never allow them to become divisions.” The former chief of staff added. “We know that we face serious new challenges, and overcoming them will not be easy.”

Rahm Emanuel noted that President Obama had talked to him earlier and congratulated him for winning.

Meanwhile, on the second place is former Chicago School Board head Gery Chico who has 25% of the votes, while the other candidates have less than 10% votes each.

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