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Countdown to Rahmageddon: Closer to the Endgame

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jan 21, 2011 1:35PM

With a month to go before next month's mayoral election, a new poll conducted by the Tribune shows Rahm Emanuel expanding his lead. Emanuel had the support of 44 percent of those surveyed. Which means, at this point, Carol Moseley Braun and Gery Chico are battling not only for second place, but to force Emanuel into an April runoff.

As the field of candidates has narrowed down to six, Emanuel, Braun and Chico have all posted gains in support in the new poll. The escalation of criticism by Braun, Chico and City Clerk Miguel del Valle do not seem to have hurt Emanuel in the slightest in the polls. With an $11.8 million campaign war chest amassed, Emanuel can blanket the airwaves with more benign campaign ads about how he's from Chicago, for Chicago.

Braun's poll numbers show her receiving support from 21 percent of those polled. Chico came in third at 16 percent. Del Valle was at 7 percent and 9 percent of those polled were undecided. The poll has a 3.7 percent margin of error.