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Chicago Election Results: Mayor's Race Goes To Rahm Emanuel, Key Aldermanic Races Headed To Runoff

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/23/11 11:32 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

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The results from Tuesday's municipal elections in Chicago are in. Some of them are starkly clear; others won't be determined for another six weeks.

The biggest winner was Rahm Emanuel, who walked away with the mayoralty while avoiding a runoff. Emanuel won 55 percent of the vote, well above the 50-percent threshold required to win the race outright. Gery Chico came in second place with 24 percent; no other candidate won more than 10 percent. For more detailed results and analysis, read our Election Night coverage and live-blog.

In the two other citywide elections, Susana Mendoza won a convincing victory in the City Clerk's race, defeating Patricia Horton by a 60-40 margin to become the city's first female clerk. She succeeds mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle in that office. And Stephanie Neely won an unopposed re-election to the Treasurer's office.

Results were much more interesting at the aldermanic level. It appears that fourteen races are heading into overtime, as no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote. A runoff election will be held on April 5 for those seats.

Ten of those runoffs include incumbent aldermen; between the dozen council members who retired this term and the ten more who are still in jeopardy, there could be a near-majority of new faces come May.

Notably not in a runoff: upstart Ameya Pawar, who defeated Tom O'Donnell, the hand-picked heir to the 47th Ward seat. Pawar won just over 50 percent in what's widely viewed as the upset of the night.

Alderman Rey Colon in the 35th Ward also avoided a runoff by the narrowest of margins, winning 50.9 percent of the vote in a hotly contested re-election race.

For more detailed aldermanic results, read our coverage of the city council races here.

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