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Chicago's Mayor Emanuel faces election run-off

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 01:23

''For those who voted for someone else, I hope to earn your confidence and your support in the weeks to come,'' Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces after he failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In a surprise result that showed the limits of a big-money campaign, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election (February 24), and must face a run-off against second-place finisher Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in April. Emanuel told supporters, "We have come a long way. And we have a little bit further to go. This is the first step in a real important journey for our city. To those who voted for me in this election, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. For those who voted for someone else, I hope to earn your confidence and your support in the weeks to come." The setback for Emanuel, 55, came despite a visit to Chicago last week from President Barack Obama, whom Emanuel served as chief of staff. With $6 million in his war chest at year end even after spending $4.7 million in the fourth quarter, Emanuel hugely outspent four opponents in his race for a second term as head of the nation's third-largest city. The powerful Democrat got millions of dollars from campaign donors, including Hollywood directors and hedge fund executives, plus Obama's support. But it wasn't enough to fend off the mild-mannered Garcia, a Cook County commissioner and progressive Democrat with a paltry campaign fund. Garcia held a low public profile before he jumped into the race last October after the teacher's union president, Karen Lewis, backed away after being diagnosed with brain cancer. The run-off election against Garcia will be held on April 7. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel had 45.4 percent of the vote, while Garcia had 33.9 percent. Polls before the election had shown Emanuel close to 50 percent, and Garcia at about 20 percent. Emanuel sounded hoarse and emotional as he told supporters to continue their fight.

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Chicago's Mayor Emanuel faces election run-off

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 01:23