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Rahm Emanuel Declares Victory in Chicago Mayoral Race

Rahm Emanuel has declared victory in the Chicago mayoral race

EmanuelEmanuel's declaration came after runner-up Gery Chico called him tonight to concede defeat.

"We've elected a mayor tonight," Chico told supporters. "I want with all of my heart for Rahm Emanuel to be successful as mayor. We need that, ladies and gentlemen."

Emanuel needed to be above the 50 percent benchmark to avoid a runoff election and six more weeks of campaigning, and he got what he needed. With 92 percent of precincts counted, Emanuel had 54.9 percent to 24.4 percent for Chico.

City Clerk Miguel del Valle had 9.4 percent and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun was at 8.7 percent.

Chicago Pride reports:

Emanuel, who was the front-runner in the Chicago mayoral race, was a favorite in Chicago's gay community.

"I think our city is an accomplished city, the LGBT community is a central part of our city," Emanuel said during a January press conference at the Center on Halsted where he announced the support of over 200 LGBT community leaders and advocates, including openly gay state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and state Rep. Deborah Mell (D-Chicago).

Emanuel also picked up the endorsements of Equality Illinois PAC and the national LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

Watch Emanuel's victory speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Well the politics continue to blow in the Windy City.

    Posted by: RB | Feb 22, 2011 10:33:35 PM

  2. Well, well, well...another 25% vote threshold that couldn't win it for republicans. Lol! Hmmm me senses a pattern emerging. As in, 2012 is liiking better and better ever every week that goes by.

    Posted by: New Jersey Boi | Feb 22, 2011 11:58:45 PM

  3. This guy is such a creep. He'll only support us when it's politically viable, as it is in Chicago, but whenever our issues are on a national, slightly unpopular stage, he'll sell us out to the highest bidder.

    Politics as usual.

    Posted by: Cory | Feb 23, 2011 12:12:24 AM

  4. Rahm is no friend to the gays, or any 'progressive' communities in the Democratic Party. He'll give us nice lip service, but he'll (metaphorically) stab us in the back if it's the least bit convenient.

    I'm a little sad Chicago voted for him by such a wide margin, but given their history of Chicago mayors... Rahm will fit *right* in.

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 23, 2011 12:32:17 AM

  5. Can you people go 1 day without bitching?

    Posted by: PriceCut | Feb 23, 2011 12:33:46 AM

  6. Pricecut, there is a difference between "bitching" and calling reality for what it is; reality.

    If you want to snuggle up to someone who provides you with comforting lip-service and feel good rhetoric but will sell you out in an instant when the going gets tough, that's fine.

    But don't call what those of us do -- actually fighting for the rights you enjoy, "bitching."

    Posted by: Cory | Feb 23, 2011 12:51:57 AM

  7. Well Chicago...reap what you sow!!
    Welcome to continued poverty and mass unemployment!!
    This "man" is a coporate junkie, enjoy your fatback with a slice of day old bread.

    Posted by: The Iron Orchard | Feb 23, 2011 1:15:12 AM

  8. It's not specifically to gays; he'll give lip service to any group of the left to satisfy them. He's a politician, surprise!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Feb 23, 2011 1:47:46 AM

  9. Congratulations Mr. Mayor, and good luck; you're gonna need it.

    Posted by: james | Feb 23, 2011 2:06:09 AM

  10. This guy was not eligible for the mayoral race. wtf.

    Posted by: suede | Feb 23, 2011 2:40:25 AM

  11. Well it looks like Chicago got rid of its Stalin and found a Khrushchev.

    Posted by: Xtab | Feb 23, 2011 3:22:21 AM

  12. Good. Let Rahm stay in Chicago and as far from DC as possible.

    Posted by: Hank | Feb 23, 2011 9:05:01 AM

  13. Chicago public school teachers are fuqued!

    Posted by: jcloud | Feb 23, 2011 9:06:53 AM

  14. Just goes to show what a ton of money and a few corrupt state supreme court justices can get ya! Typical Chicago politics.

    Posted by: Shane | Feb 23, 2011 9:23:20 AM

  15. I love to see the black people standing behind me, yeah, soooo inclusive! Power to the people!!

    Yeah, Rahm really LOVES the gays! He's the one that told Obama not to do anything for gay people!!! WTF??

    I know Towleroad only writes what has been in other blogs but can't they do some investigative journalism and ask some tough questions to people lie Rahmn and GOproud who are trying to take gay rights back?


    Oh well.

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 23, 2011 9:47:33 AM

  16. Lord, I hope he does a better job for the people of Chicago than he did for Obama and the Dems.

    Posted by: Continuum | Feb 23, 2011 11:07:10 AM

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