Chicago election shows racial politics changing - KMOV.com

Chicago election shows racial politics changing

 CHICAGO (AP) -- Many in Chicago say the Tuesday election to replace retiring Mayor Richard Daley has made one thing clear: The city steeped in racial politics is changing.

A shift in demographics with fewer whites and blacks and more Hispanics is one reason. Another is the election of Chicago resident Barack Obama as the nation's first black president.

Obama's white, former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel won the election with 55 percent of the vote. He collected two and often three times more votes than the candidate black leaders were pushing, former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.

Twenty-seven-year-old charter school teacher Tahani Tompkins says she voted for Emanuel and his race wasn't a consideration. Tompkins says she "a mixed black woman" and Emanuel's ties to Obama were more important to her.

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