WASHINGTON (AP) - Congratulations have gone out from the White
House to Chicago's mayor-elect.
President Barack Obama has sent his good wishes to Rahm Emanuel
within hours of his former chief of staff's run-away victory over
The president said in a statement that Emanuel's victory was
well-deserved. He said he couldn't be prouder of his fellow
Chicagoan and friend.
Emanuel needed more than 50 percent of the vote to win and avoid a runoff, and got it.
Emanuel served as White House chief of staff from the start of
Obama's administration. He resigned in October 2010 to run for