Update: President Obama and Rahm Emanuel spoke by telephone Tuesday night after the election results were known and before Emanuel spoke, an Emanuel campaign aide confirms to CNN.
Chicago (CNN) – Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, won the Chicago mayoral election over five other challengers Tuesday, topping the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff vote.
With almost 75% of the vote counted, Emanuel had almost 55% of the vote, far outdistancing his rivals.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Rahm Emanuel was known for bringing Chicago-style politics to Washington – complete with his colorful language and take-no-prisoners-approach to politics.
But in his run for Chicago mayor there's been a new "Rahm style." Emanuel told CNN's National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin that only pesky reporters make him curse.
Washington (CNN)– CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King caught up with Rahm Emanuel Tuesday in Chicago as the former top Obama aide did some last minute campaigning for mayor.
Emanuel – who is poised for victory in the mayoral election Tuesday – said he disagreed with the way Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is handling that states' budget crisis:
Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Amid a snowfall of a couple of inches, voters headed to the polls Tuesday morning to elect their first new mayor since 1989.
Candidates were hitting the streets hoping to rally voters. Frontrunner Rahm Emanuel, who previously cast his ballot in early voting, was shaking hands at an "L" train stop Tuesday morning while Gery Chico was hitting some polling stations and will vote later Tuesday morning. Carol Moseley Braun was going to her polling place to cast her ballot. Miguel del Valle, who also early voted, was also visiting polling stations throughout the city.
Chicago (CNN) - When Rahm Emanuel entered the race to succeed Richard Daley as mayor of Chicago in November, he was far from the front-runner.
Despite the fact that he was a native of the city, served three terms as a congressman and was chief of staff to President Barack Obama and a key aide to President Bill Clinton, he was not well-known to much of the population.FULL STORY
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.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama says he isn't making any calls back to his hometown of Chicago in support of Rahm Emanuel, his former chief of staff who's running for the city's mayor.
At a news conference Tuesday, in responding to a question of whether he's making calls for Emanuel's mayoral campaign, the president indicated that Emanuel's doing fine without his assistance, saying "I don't have to make calls for Rahm Emanuel. He seems to be doing just fine on his own. You know, he's been very busy shoveling snow out there. I've been very impressed with it. I never saw him shoveling around here."
(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.
(CNN) - With 11 days to go until Chicago's mayoral election, a new poll indicates that front-runner Rahm Emanuel is closing in on the crucial 50 percent threshold, which would prevent the need for a runoff in April.
According to a Chicago Tribune/WGN survey, 49 percent of the city's voters back the former White House chief of staff for mayor, with former Chicago Board of Education president Gery Chico at 19 percent, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun at 10 percent, City Clerk Miguel del Valle at eight percent and 12 percent undecided.
Washington (CNN) - Snowpacalypse, beware: Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel is ready-and waiting-for you. In fact, snow-readiness could almost be a competition, if you ask him.
On Tuesday the former White House Chief of Staff tweeted a challenge rebuttal to Newark city mayor Cory Booker about his recent snow prowess: "@CoryBooker I'll show you who's 'shovel-ready.'"