Challenges to many Chicago mayoral candidates

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Nearly a dozen of the 20 candidates who want to be Chicago’s new mayor have had their nominating petitions for the Feb. 22 ballot challenged.

CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly a dozen of the 20 candidates who want to be Chicago’s new mayor have had their nominating petitions for the Feb. 22 ballot challenged.

The biggest target is former White House chief of Rahm Emanuel. A preliminary Chicago Board of Election Commissioners report says he had 31 challenges filed against him by Tuesday’s deadline.

Opponents say Emanuel isn’t eligible because he lived in Washington for nearly two years before quitting in October to run for mayor when retiring Mayor Richard Daley didn’t seek a seventh term.

Other mayoral candidates challenged include newcomer Rob Halpin, who is the tenant renting Emanuel’s North Side home; former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun; and state Sen. James Meeks. So is former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, whose friends tried to draft him.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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