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Daily Beast: Politicians to Watch in 2011

Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Democrat

Pelosi is not the only Democrat changing roles this year. Emanuel gave up his White House gig as chief of staff to run for mayor of Chicago. The election isn’t taking place until Feb. 22, and in the meantime, the former D.C. macher has transformed himself into city retail politician. His campaign hit an early speed bump when opponents questioned whether he met residency requirements. Emanuel won that challenge. Winning the election by overcoming Chicago’s famously brutal politics may be the easiest part for Emanuel. He would follow Richard M. Daley, a City Hall legend who was reelected six times.

(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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