CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel is re-elected to a second term, defeating Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in the city's first ever mayoral runoff.
With 98 percent of the city`s precincts reporting, Emanuel earned 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Garcia.
With handshakes, hugs and selfies, the Mayor was out this morning to thank voters and talk to reporters at the CTA Red Line 95th Street station.
He said he feels reinvigorated by by his reelection, calling his second term as Mayor a second chance.
Emanuel says he's ready to hit the reset button after a humbling race and he promises to take voters’ concerns to the mayor's office.
Emanuel congratulated Garcia on running an 'excellent campaign'.
The mayor raised about $23.6 million for his campaign - compared to just over $6 million of Garcia’s war chest.
Emanuel is pledging to take a new approach to a big spike in pension costs, ongoing gang violence and negotiating with unions that spent millions trying to defeat him.
He told voters he understands Chicago's challenges will require him to lead "in a different fashion."
The mayor must work with the Chicago Teachers Union and other unions to address a more than $20 billion pension crisis. He also must negotiate a new contract with the teachers union, which backed Garcia.
Emanuel will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. today to discuss his second term as mayor.