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Last Push For Mayor

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Welcome to the last weekend.

    With mere days left to go before Tuesday's election, the race's Top Four candidates -- Rahm Emanuel, Gery Chico, Carol Moseley-Braun and Miguel del Valle -- loaded up their schedules for one final push to shake hands and promote campaign promises to voters.

    As Emanuel tries to preserve first place in the race for retiring Mayor Daley's seat, Chico's goal is centered on forcing a runoff that will allow six more weeks of campaigning. 

    "We're looking at April 5, that's the big circles on our calendar," Chico said. "This is serious business."

    But Emanuel hopes the race won't continue past Tuesday.

    "Will I fight for things I believe in? I don't think you can see the change we need in the city of Chicago if you're not a fighter," Emanuel said.

    Voters are gearing up too.

    Before early voting ended Thursday, 73,251 Chicagoans cast ballots in the election that will bring Chicago one step closer to its next mayor. That's three times more early voters than in 2007.