(CNN) – Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel looks more certain than ever to garner the necessary support in the Chicago mayoral race next week to avoid a runoff election.
According to a new survey from the Chicago Retail Merchants Association (CRMA) – a non partisan group that has not backed a candidate – Emanuel is drawing 58 percent of likely voters. The ex-top Obama aide needs more than 50 percent of the vote in the Feb. 22 election to avoid a runoff in April.
Behind Emanuel is former Chicago Board of Education president Gery Chico with 24 percent, City Clerk Miguel Del Valle at 10 percent and former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun at 6 percent.
Emanuel was at 52 percent in a similar poll by the CRMA one month ago. The uptick over the last few weeks could be associated with Emanuel's recent ad campaign that features an endorsement from President Obama. Former President Bill Clinton also recently stumped in the Windy City on behalf of Emanuel.
The poll surveyed 2,252 likely voters on February 13 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Emanuel was at 49 percent in a Chicago Tribune/WGN survey released last Friday.