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Analysis: Money, bare-knuckles rep scare off Rahm challengers

Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about 2014 budget with Sun-Times editorial board Tuesday afternoon. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the 2014 budget with the Sun-Times editorial board Tuesday afternoon. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

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Updated: July 17, 2014 2:18AM



An unlikeable and vulnerable incumbent with poll numbers in the tank and more unpopular decisions ahead. A wide-open field after the challenger City Hall feared most dropped out even before jumping in.

If ever there was an opening to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel, this is it. Yet, the biggest name who’s even considering it is a fiery union president who has never before run for public office.

Why did County Board President Toni Preckwinkle take a pass? Why isn’t anybody else stepping up to take her place?

Politicians and political operatives interviewed Wednesday blame the same factors that were at play four years ago: Emanuel’s fund-raising prowess, his reputation for brute force politics while appeasing opponents and the intractable problems on the mayor’s desk.

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