Garcia thanks supporters after losing race for Chicago mayor

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CHICAGO (AP) _ Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia says his was a hard-fought campaign for Chicago mayor that earned the support of thousands of people across the city.

After conceding to Emanuel in Tuesday’s runoff, Garcia told a crowd at the University of Illinois at Chicago he doesn’t consider his efforts a loss. He says no one succeeds without trying, and he brought thousands together.

Garcia thanked supporters and spoke of his immigrant roots.

Emanuel failed to win a majority in a five-candidate February election, forcing Chicago’s first mayoral runoff. Garcia finished second then.

During the campaign, Garcia criticized Emanuel for not listening to neighborhood residents. Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff, campaigned hard, trying to convince voters he was the best candidate to lead Chicago past its financial problems.

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