Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel forced into April runoff election
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must face a runoff election after failing to capture a majority vote Tuesday for a second term.
The former White House chief of staff easily led the five-way race in Tuesday’s contest. However, because he failed to get more than 50 percent, he and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia will run against each other in April for the job.
The result exposed possible vulnerability for an incumbent who has widespread support from business leaders, national name recognition and millions of dollars in his campaign fund. He participated in half a dozen debates and forums and received a last-minute boost from President Barack Obama.
Still, Emanuel faced low popularity ratings, particularly after a 2012 teachers’ strike and closing dozens of schools the following years.