February 17th, 2011
02:57 PM ET
Washington (CNN) - After likely landing two more votes in his bid for mayor, Rahm Emanuel might want to quote what Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson says after a player smacks a two-run homer, "Put it on the board yes!"
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Chicago residents who are temporarily hanging their hats at the White House, have now both sent in absentee ballots for the Feb. 22 election to replace the legendary retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
And while Carney will not say publicly whom they voted for - the First Family probably does not want to ruffle any feathers back home in the seven-person race - it's a pretty safe bet that they checked the box for the president's former White House chief of staff.
Carney, however, refused to divulge precisely whom they voted for in the race to succeed Daley in the rough and tumble world of Chicago politics that can sometimes make Washington look like child's play.
"I won't be giving copies of those," Carney said with a smile about the secret ballots.
Emanuel initially faced a difficult court battle to stay on the ballot after questions emerged about the legitimacy of his Chicago residency. Public polls now suggest he is cruising to victory and may even break the 50 percent threshold needed next week in order to avoid a future runoff battle.