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More Post-Election Notes

By Chuck Sudo in News on Feb 24, 2011 10:08PM

Ted McClelland at NBC's Ward Room has some numbers regarding Tuesday's election, starting with some dubious records for Mayor-elect Emanuel.

The 323,546 votes for Rahmageddon are the lowest number for a winning candidate in a mayoral election since Big Bill Thompson was elected mayor in 1919. McClelland chalks this up to "Chicago shrinking to its lowest population since 1920, and of less effective political machines." With a total voter turnout of 41.62 percent of registered voters, McClelland forgot to mention "voter apathy."

Emanuel drew equal amounts of support from predominantly white and black wards, earning 59 percent of the vote from both, according to the Chicago Reporter. Emanuel also becomes the first Jewish person elected Mayor.