Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media after a campaign stop on election day in Chicago

Mayor Emanuel pulls ahead in Chicago race, Garcia gets backing

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media after a campaign stop on election day in ChicagoBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has opened a 10 percentage point lead in his re-election bid against Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, an opinion poll on Sunday showed, though his challenger received a hard-won labor union’s endorsement that could bring in campaign cash and volunteers. The Chicago mayor’s race went to an unprecedented run-off when well-funded Emanuel, mayor since 2011, failed to clinch the 50 percent of the vote he needed for an outright win on Feb. 24. Former White House Chief of Staff Emanuel, who has used his campaign chest of more than $10 million to saturate the airwaves, faces Garcia, a veteran Chicago politician who is supported by the powerful Chicago Teachers Union, in the nonpartisan second round on April 7. Garcia has tapped into disillusionment among some African American, Hispanic and labor union voters who are concerned Emanuel will cut public pensions to solve Chicago’s deep budget crisis and who were against the mayor’s shutting down of almost 50 underpopulated schools in poor neighborhoods.

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