Rahm Emanuel was re-elected to serve his second term as Mayor of Chicago. As of April 8th, with 98% of the votes tallied, Emanuel received 55.7% of the vote, while Chuy Garcia brought in 44.3%. With an 11-point lead, Rahm is back in Chicago’s City Hall.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Around 142,000 people casted early ballots for the April 7th runoff election, compared to 90,000 during the February 24th election.
Looking Back at the 2015 Chicago Mayoral Race
The 2015 Chicago Mayoral Race has been a long journey.
We started with five candidates: Incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago City Alderman Robert Fioretti, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, community activist William “Dock” Walls and medical supply company executive Willie Wilson.
Then when no one received 50% of the votes, the race was whittled down to the top two contenders – Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia – as they headed into the first mayoral runoff election in Chicago.
With negative attacks coming from each side, both candidates faced many challenges. Rahm Emanuel was attacked because of public school closures and for being influenced by wealthy donors, while Chuy Garcia was labeled as indecisive and not ready for primetime.
However, they also had their shining moments, like #RahmLove and Garcia’s awesome mustache.
Rahm Emanuel’s “Second Term and Second Chance”
In Rahm Emanuel’s acceptance speech, he humbly thanks voters for the second chance he is given. It may have helped that during the campaign, he admitted that he has made mistakes, but showed he is willing to work hard for Chicago – the classic mea culpa. Or maybe all the attacks Emanuel’s campaign threw towards Garcia helped make Emanuel look like an effective leader who is ready for the job.
Either way, the people have spoken and Rahm Emanuel will serve the Windy City for another four years.