Rahm Emanuel to face runoff election for Chicago mayor

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face a runoff election after failing to garner a majority vote in municipal elections.

Emanuel garnered the most votes in the five-way race on Tuesday, but was unable to reach the 50 percent threshold needed to claim reelection outright.

He will face his closest competitor, Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia, in April.

Emanuel finished with 45.4 percent of the vote and Garcia 33.9 percent. Voter turnout in the election was 34 percent.

Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff for President Obama, spent about $16 million on the campaign.