Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Forced Into Runoff Election After Failing To Win Majority.

Rahm fails to get 50%



 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote in Tuesday's municipal election, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff because it forces him into a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

The result exposed possible vulnerability for an incumbent who has widespread support from business leaders, national name recognition and millions of dollars in his campaign fund. He participated in half a dozen debates and forums and received a last-minute boost from President Barack Obama.

Still, he wasn't able to capture the more than 50 percent necessary to avoid an April runoff against Garcia, who finished far below Emanuel's vote total but far above the other three challengers.

Emanuel's challengers -- which included Garcia, Alderman Bob Fioretti, businessman Willie Wilson and perennial candidate William Walls -- had hoped to capitalize on resident discontentment over Emanuel's handling of schools and city violence.