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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Forced Into Runoff Election

Former White House Chief of Staff and Current Mayor-elect of Chicago Rahm Emanuel speaks to supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama during a campaign fundraiser at Navy Pier April 14, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The event was one of three fundraisers the president attended today in Chicago to help raise money for his 2012 re-election campaign. Tickets for the events ranged from $100 to the legal maximum of $35,800.
Rahm Emanuel. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Chicagoans gave their famously foul-mouthed mayor something to curse about on Tuesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, failed to win more than 50 percent of the vote in a five-way race, forcing him into an April 7 runoff election. The mayor outspent the other candidates and was endorsed by President Obama and the city’s business leaders, but only recieved 45.4 percent of the vote. Emanuel was criticized for closing 50 under-performing city schools in his first term, and accused of focusing on the Loop and the North Side rather than the city’s minority neighborhoods. He’ll face off against Cook County commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who took 33.9 percent of the vote and is backed by the Chicago Teachers Union.

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Faces Runoff Election