02/22/2011 09:55 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago Mayor's Race: Candidates Make Their Rounds (PHOTOS)

CHICAGO -- Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation's third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley.

Emanuel trounced all opponents with 55 percent of the vote - a margin that allowed him to avoid an April runoff. He needed more than 50 percent to win outright.

It was the city's first mayoral race in more than 60 years without an incumbent on the ballot and the first in more than two decades without Daley among the candidates. Daley and his father have led Chicago for more than 43 out of the last 56 years.

Despite their efforts, Carol Moseley Braun, Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle fell short on Tuesday. Check out some photos from the campaign season's final hours here:

Chicago Elections 2011