A newly confident progressive movement delivered a body blow to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday night—and is now gearing up for another knockout punch to what it derisively calls the Corporate Wing of the Democratic Party. This defeat was one for the record books. Emanuel became the first incumbent mayor on Tuesday to fail to get 50 percent of the primary vote since Chicago adopted nonpartisan elections in 1983. The hard-charging former congressman and chief of staff in the Obama White House angered many liberal Chicagoans, especially minorities and members of labor unions, by embarking on an aggressive education reform agenda that included the closing of 50 schools. Emanuel, who cruised to victory in 2011 by 30 percentage points, has also been knocked for implementing red light cameras, which some Chicagoans say disproportionately target minorities, and for focusing on bringing business downtown at the expense of neighborhoods. Chicago teachers union head Karen Lewis described the move as favoring his “hedge fund homies” over the rest of the city. Rahm defeated Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a Cook County Commissioner 45-34—that’s five points short of what the polls showed he had just a few days ago. “This is the happiest day of… Read full this story
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