Rahm Emanuel Nearly Swept Black Neighborhoods in Mayoral Victory

March 21, 2011  |  

(Chicago Sun Times) — Rahm Emanuel’s big victory in last month’s mayoral election was so resounding that he carried more than four out of every five precincts, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis that offers the first neighborhood-level look at how the mayor’s race was won.  Emanuel came out on top in 2,106 of the city’s 2,570 precincts, the analysis found.  Beyond that, it found that despite the presence in the mayoral election of former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who emerged as the consensus African-American candidate, nearly every majority-black precinct went for Emanuel, whose campaign got a show of support from his former boss, President Obama. That helped Emanuel win 55 percent of the votes — enough to win the mayor’s race outright and avoid a runoff.

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