Battle-scarred Rahm stares down toughest election ever

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CHICAGO — For the past 25 years, Rahm Emanuel has been involved in political trench warfare ranging from NAFTA to the 2006 Democratic House takeover to the Affordable Care Act. Emanuel’s bid for a third term as Chicago mayor might be the toughest challenge he’s ever faced. A slew of credentialed candidates have lined up to oust him from City Hall, and they’re engaging in an almost daily assault on Emanuel’s character and mayoralty. He’s been cast as a bully who has raised taxes, closed schools in poor neighborhoods and driven minorities out of the city.