WASHINGTON (AP) – Congratulations have gone out from the White House to Chicago’s mayor-elect.

President Barack Obama has sent his good wishes to Rahm Emanuel within hours of his former chief of staff’s victory over five rivals.

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The president said in a statement that Emanuel’s victory was well-deserved. He said he couldn’t be prouder of his fellow Chicagoan and friend.

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Emanuel served as White House chief of staff from the start of Obama’s administration. He resigned in October 2010 to run for mayor.

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