Chicago Election Results

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

Chicago Election Results : The former head of the White House, Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago.

Mr. Emanuel closed for more than half the votes, avoiding a runoff election. The election results are unofficial Chicago Democrat to win, Associated Press political and projecting the winner.

Mr. Emanuel is expected to win the mayorship directly above the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff in April, defeating candidates including former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who has admitted defeat.

"Thank you Chicago! The hard work and support has brought us here. Looking forward together with the next mayor," he sent to Twitter.

the candidature of Mr. Emanuel and the election has captured the attention of the nation after announcing his intention to leave his influential position in the White House. Mr. Emanuel was supported by some senior Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton.

Challenges to the Web site of Mr. Emanuel threatened to disrupt the election campaign, but a legal challenge seemed to solve the problem.

Former White House chief of staff will now succeed outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley, who announced his intention to leave the office late last year.

Speaking to CNN, White House adviser David Axelrod has praised the victory of Mr. Emanuel, saying he is "right arm to work."