Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel earned high praise from one of his old Obama White House colleagues on Wednesday.

Former White House senior adviser David Axelrod said that Emanuel's outright victory with 55 percent of the vote in Tuesday's mayoral primary showed "a united city."

"Great win for Rahm AND Chicago. A coalition of white, black and Hispanics. A united city. Very hopeful and important," Axelrod tweeted.

The former White House chief of staff won 40 out of the 50 city wards and over half of the black vote, even though there was a major black candidate in the race, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D). He also won a lesser but still sizable portion of the city's Latino population.