Chicago Mayoral race
by Jerome Armstrong, Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 10:00:03 AM EDT
This has a good chance of becoming nationalized. I can't imagine that any Chicago resident that has been paying attention would want to have Rahm Emanuel as Mayor.
About the only thing that Rahm might do with this race, is bring together all his enemies to unite in defeating him.
One double-edged sword: Despite Emanuel's reputation in national political circles, many Chicagoans don't know him as well as they know local politicians. That means he'll have to introduce himself to voters outside of the congressional district he represented in the House for six years. But it also means he'll have the chance to define himself — and everyone expects that Emanuel will have plenty of money to make his case.
Already, he has a financial advantage over most potential foes: His federal campaign war chest, which can be converted into money for a mayoral race, stands at about $1.2 million.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) told POLITICO last week that he plans to begin polling in Chicago soon.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), and his wife, Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, have held out the possibility that one of them will run. (See: Rahm, Jackson meet on mayor's race)
Candidates already in the race include former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, state Sen. Rickey Hendon and City Clerk Miguel del Valle.
If no candidate wins a majority of the vote in the all-candidate primary, the top two finishers move to a runoff.
The election is Feb 22nd, and then the run-off.
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