Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel won a crucial ruling from Chicago election authorities Wednesday night, when the official charged with hearing challenges to Emanuel’s residency determined the mayoral candidate should be allowed to appear on the ballot.

Joseph Morris urged the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to approve Emanuel’s candidacy, writing that his opponents “failed to bear their burdens of proof” as they challenged his right to appear as a candidate for local office.

“The preponderance of this evidence establishes that the Candidate never formed an intention to terminate his residence in Chicago; never formed an intention to establish his residence in Washington, D.C., or any place other than Chicago; and never formed an intention to change his residence,” Morris wrote.

“The preponderance of this evidence establishes that the Candidate intended his presence in Washington D.C., solely for the purpose of permitting him to discharge what he perceived to be a duty to serve the United States in the capacity of the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States,” he added.

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