Rahm Emanuel Wins Chicago Mayoral Election

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel easily won the Chicago mayoral race on Tuesday, garnering enough votes to avoid a runoff.

According to CNN, Emanuel was way ahead with 55 percent and only around 25 percent of the votes left to be counted. A far second was former Chicago School Board head Gery Chico with 25 percent. City Clerk Miguel del Valle was in third with 9 percent while former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun was a far fourth at 8 percent.

It was a triumphant ending for Emanuel, who had to fight off moves to remove his name from the ballot over allegations that he ceased to become a legal resident of Chicago in 2009 when he joined President Barack Obama’s cabinet. Opponents said that Emanuel failed to maintain his residency because he rented his Chicago home. However, Emanuel was able to convince the state Supreme Court that he never relinquished his residency, even enumerating the things he and his family left in their home during the contested period. The state Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Emanuel late last month, paving the way for the landslide victory for the former U.S. House representative.