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Daily Fix Poll: Who will be the next Rahm?

By Felicia Sonmez

The news that Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will not seek a seventh term has set off a round of speculation over who would be next in line to replace White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel should he choose to pursue a bid for mayor.

Emanuel has made no secret of the fact that he's interested in running for mayor, telling talk show host Charlie Rose in an April interview that serving as mayor "has always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives."

Ultimately, the decision on who would replace Emanuel in the West Wing would come down to President Obama, who has yet to weigh in on who he might be considering.

But there's already a long short-list of possible contenders including Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Biden; Erskine Bowles, deficit committee chairman and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton; White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle; and Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.

(There are, of course, other names but this quintet seems the most likely to wind up in the job should Rahm leave.)

Each potential contender has his or her strengths. Jarrett has the closest personal relationship with the President; Klain is a Washington veteran who has served in top jobs in the White House, on the Hill and in the Justice Department; Daschle has deep relationships on Capitol Hill; Donilon has a lengthy resume that includes experience in both the policy and political worlds; and Bowles has already done the job once before.

Who do you think should be Obama's choice for the next White House chief of staff? Will it be one of the names above, or might a dark horse contender be in the mix? Vote, and give us your thoughts, below.

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 8, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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