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Rahm Emanuel Holds Commanding Early Lead



    Rahm Emanuel Holds Commanding Early Lead
    Rahm Emanuel testifies before the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners during a hearing challenging his residency to keep him off February's mayoral ballot, in Chicago, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Emanuel told elections officials on Tuesday that when he went to work as the White House chief of staff almost two years ago, he left his family's "most valuable possessions" at his Chicago home, showing he always intended to move back. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Rahm Emanuelstill holds a commanding lead over his mayoral competition, while other candidates are jockeying for second place, according to a poll from the Chicago Tribune.

    Emanuel claimed 32 percent of voters who were polled by the paper. His closest competition, Gery Chico and Danny Davis, grabbed 9 percent.

    James Meeks came in at 7 percent, Carol Moseley Braun at 6 percent and Miguel del Valle had 3 percent. Moseley Braun and Davis had both been running close behind Emanuel in a number of early polls based on her strong name recognition, but they appear to have slipped.

    Chico still hovers near the single digits.

    A large minority of voters, 30 percent, remain undecided according to the poll, which questioned 721 likely voters and had a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.

    Despite Emanuel's lead, he still doesn't command a 50 percent majority needed to avoid a run off election.