Rahm Emanuel Kicked Off Ballot in Chicago

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Jan. 24 2011 2:03 PM

Rahm Emanuel Kicked Off Ballot in Chicago

That's $10 million or so of campaign donations possibly down the drain .

An appellate panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard to run for mayor.

Appellate justices Thomas Hoffman and Shelvin Louise Marie Hall ruled against Emanuel. Justice Bertina Lampkin voted in favor of keeping President Obama’s former chief of staff on the Feb. 22 ballot... Emanuel’s attorneys are expected to use Lampkin’s dissenting opinion to appeal the case to the Illinois Supreme Court.

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The biggest national figure in a Rahm-less race is former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun. She is also absolutely nowhere on fundraising. The second-biggest fundraiser after Rahm is Gerry Chico, a former school board official who lost a U.S. Senate primary in 2004 to -- wait for it -- Barack Obama.

The state Supreme Court, which consists of four Democrats and three Republicans, can hear the case; even if his campaign makes it on the ballot again, this creates a problem logistically for election officials, and a problem in the race as candidates proceed with the assumption they will not face him.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.