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Rahm Emanuel left Washington and his job as the White House chief of staff to run for mayor of Chicago. And last night he beat five opponents to win that election. He will now replace retiring mayor Richard Daley starting in May. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.
RAHM EMANUEL: Thank you, Chicago.
CHERYL CORLEY: With his win he makes history on a number of fronts. He will become Chicago's first Jewish mayor. And he won a race where there was no incumbent on the ballot for the first time in more than 60 years. During his victory speech, Emanuel said for a whole generation of Chicagoans Richard Daley is the only mayor they've known.
EMANUEL: And let's be honest, it's an impossible act to follow. Yet, we have to move forward. And we know that we face serous new challenges.
CORLEY: Obama political advisor David Axelrod says that relationship doesn't mean Chicago will get any special favors, though, when Emanuel becomes the mayor.
DAVID AXELROD: Obviously the president has great affection for this city, his hometown, but he has to be fair as well. But whatever the city's entitled to the city will get. And I don't think Rahm'll leave one dollar on the table.
CORLEY: Cheryl Corley, NPR News, Chicago.
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