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article imageRahm Emanuel elected mayor of Chicago

By Matt Harding     Feb 22, 2011 in Politics
Rahm Emanuel, who stepped down as President Obama's chief of staff to run for mayor, has won the race over five other challengers.
As announced by CNN, with almost 75% of the vote counted, Rahm Emanuel had almost 55% of the vote, making him the Mayor-elect of Chicago. These totals have overwhelmingly surpassed the totals of his counterparts.
The opposition's totals are as follows: Former Chicago School Board head Gery Chico was in second place with 25%, City Clerk Miguel del Valle had 9% and former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun had more than 8%. The other two candidates both had less than 2%.
On winning, Emanuel says, "What makes this victory most gratifying is that it was built on votes from every corner of this city," It's easy to find differences, but we can never allow them to become divisions."
In the interview on WGN-AM, the Chicago Sun Times reports, Emanuel said he may not accept his full mayoral salary of $216,000 annually.
"He also told WGN host Greg Jarret that he intends to order a $75 million spending freeze as one of his first moves as mayor."
This election was Chicago's first election in 64 years without a sitting mayor on the ballot.
The New York Times reports Obama congratulated Emanuel last night, saying in a statement from the White House, “As a Chicagoan and a friend, I couldn’t be prouder.” The statement went on: “Rahm will be a terrific mayor for all the people of Chicago.”
He takes office May 16.
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