Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel laughs before addressing the crowd Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 in Chicago. Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation's third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Rahm Emanuel's campaign confirmed Wednesday that he spent more than $8 million in his race for City Hall.
While they are still adding up the numbers, what was once a $12 million warchest now has less than four million left in it.
There are now questions as to whether Emanuel will use some of that cash to support any of the 14 aldermanic candidates who are facing runoffs.
If he does, former alderman-turned-political science professor Dick Simpson warns that Emanuel should pick carefully.
"You can also make some pretty bad enemies," said Simpson.
Simpson notes the first Mayor Daley said, "politics is a game of addition, not subtraction."
The runoff election is April 5.