Washington (CNN) - After likely landing two more votes in his bid for mayor, Rahm Emanuel might want to quote what Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson says after a player smacks a two-run homer, "Put it on the board yes!"
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are Chicago residents who are temporarily hanging their hats at the White House so they have now both sent in absentee ballots in the Feb. 22 election to replace the legendary, retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
And while Carney will not say publicly whom they voted for - the First Family probably does not want to ruffle any feathers back home in the seven-person race - it's a pretty safe bet they checked the box for the president's former White House chief of staff.
"The president and first lady have filled out their absentee ballots and mailed it," Carney said at the very top of his second on-camera press briefing in his new post.
Carney, however, refused to divulge precisely whom they voted for in the race to succeed Daley in the rough and tumble world of Chicago politics that can sometimes make Washington look like child's play.
"I won't be giving copies of those," Carney, perhaps not wanting to step on any toes so early in his tenure, said with a smile about the secret ballots.
After Emanuel initially faced a difficult court battle to stay on the ballot after questions emerged about the legitimacy of his Chicago residency, public polls now suggest he is cruising to victory and may even break the 50 percent threshold needed next week in order to avoid a future runoff battle.