Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins 2nd term in runoff victory

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has won a second term by defeating Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in a runoff.

The former White House chief of staff faced a tough re-election bid in a race that hinged on his brusque management style and who’d better manage the serious financial challenges faced by the nation’s third-largest city. Emanuel was unable to capture a majority against four other candidates in February’s election, forcing Tuesday’s runoff.

Emanuel campaigned furiously across Chicago, highlighting tough decisions he’s made yet admitting his aggressive approach at times rubbed residents the wrong way. He portrayed Garcia as inexperienced.

Garcia ran a neighborhood-focused campaign supported by teachers and unions angry with Emanuel. He criticized the incumbent’s handling of school closures and a spike in gang violence.