*In the Chicago mayoral race Tuesday night, Rahm Emanuel has been declared the winner, gaining well over the 50% he needed to avoid a runoff, according to unofficial returns.

Emanuel held just under 55% of the vote with 87% of the precinct votes counted. Meanwhile, Gery Chico, his nearest competitor, only received 24%.

Both CNN and the Associated Press called the election for Emanuel, the former Chief of Staff for President Obama.

Richard Daley, who decided not to run for re-election wasn’t on the ballot for the first time since 1989. He’ll leave office May 16 when Emanuel is sworn in.

Turnout was under 40%, according to Chicago’s Board of Election Commissioners. According to politicos, a low turnout like today’s favored a highly organized, well-financed campaign like Emanuel’s.