Rahm Emanuel wins Chicago mayoral vote
February 22nd, 2011
08:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Rahm Emanuel wins Chicago mayoral vote

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.


Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. raingirl2

    clearly the chicago machine is still well oiled.

    February 22, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Jim

    Sure he wins. Did anyone expect anything different? Corruption never sleeps.

    February 22, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Think123

    Well, the morons of Chicago get what they deserve.

    February 22, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    U GO BOY!!! Now clean it up and earn your stay!!!!! Yes We Can!!!

    February 22, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Peter s

    Congratulations to the new Mayor of Chicago Mr. Rahm!!

    February 22, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Frank

    Glad he won, but I can't figure out why anyone that smart would want to be the mayor of Chicago.

    February 22, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. Doug Rose

    Ok...they can put the Chicago Cadavers ( Voters )back until next Election cycle.

    Chicago..........you get what you deserve ! 😉

    February 22, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Name

    I was really hoping for a run off. This really stinks.

    February 22, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. Name Mic

    Way to go Rahm c ya Sunday for a victory brunch. My call was 52-53% can't wait for the totals. Now pray that O Donnell takes the 47th and will be sitting pretty.

    February 22, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Eagle35

    Crooks electing crooks!

    February 22, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. Realityblowz

    Well here is a big surprise.. NOT. As soon as he announced that he was running, you knew that he would be "elected" by hook or by crook. This reminds me of that saying: Careful what you wish for, you may just get it. I hereby predict that in 5 years, a group of people around Rham will be indicted for crimes. Rham will be innocent of course.

    February 22, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Name

    I think he is going be good mayor he is a good man. God bless him

    February 22, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. langobou

    congratulations mr Emanuel.show them what u got!All them haters.

    February 22, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. Mike

    This is great. Now Chicago can continue their storied history of organized crime rule.
    If I lived in Chicago I'd be worried. Good thing I don't. Thank the Lord.

    February 22, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  15. catsrulz

    The best man won thats for sure I hope he can get the city back on its feet and do whats right for the ppl

    February 22, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. Pedro

    Congratulations to him

    February 22, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  17. Pedro

    Congratulations to him. Let's work hard to make the city even better.

    February 22, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. Andagain

    WHAT A SHOCK. Hey, Chicago, ya get whatcha vote for.

    February 22, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. J Thomas

    Hey Chicago, congratulations. You get what you deserve. It will be interesting to watch this ant farm drag the city even deeper into despair.

    February 22, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. antomia

    Congrats . Right man for the job.

    February 22, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. rsatsman

    The better man won congratulated

    February 22, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  22. keith

    so he doesn't follow the rules, whines when it gets pushed back at him, the courts let his whines win them over and he illegally gets elected mayor after breaking the rules....guess that means i live in Texas so I can go be mayor of Seattle....I mean if Rahm did it, why can't I. Politicians these days suck....used to that they would deny breaking the rules, yet now they openly break them and do as they wish, against the will of the people....look at Congress, they're a PERFECT example

    February 22, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. Bill

    This is a race for Mayor of a city, right? Why is CNN making it seems like it's for the Presidency? Does anyone think that he would lose the election after being Obama's Chief of Staff? It's like Obama running for Governor after being President. This is not news. Go and report something more meaningful for a change.

    February 22, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. Corliss

    Congrats Mr. Emanuel!

    February 22, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. Paul ny http://www.youtube.com/ny007ny

    Woooo-hooooo. Hahahaha in your face!!!!!!!!!!

    February 22, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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