After nearly being left off the ballot and leaving his position as the White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanual has been named (in early poll predictions) as the new mayor of Chicago.
Rahm defeated School Board head Gery Chico and City Clerk Miguel del Valle for the position after three quarters of all votes were counted, showing Emanuel with 55 percent of the overall votes, enough to ensure a runoff is not required.
Rahm’s closest competitor was Chico with 25 percent of the votes with three quarters of precincts reporting.
While the vote was for the Democrat primary, there was no Republican willing to run for the seat vacated by Richard M. Daley.
Barring any major changes in reported results Rahm will become the 55th Mayor of Chicago.