Chicago mayoral race loses a candidate
January 1st, 2011
10:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Chicago mayoral race loses a candidate

(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Danny Davis of Illinois ended his bid for Chicago mayor Friday night and, in a call for African-American accord, endorsed former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun.

Davis, the second African-American candidate to recently drop out of the race, said his choice proves "unity is more than just a concept." With Davis out of the campaign, the electoral way is cleared for Braun to launch a campaign directly against Rahm Emanuel, who left his post as White House chief of staff earlier this year to run for mayor of the windy city.

Davis made the announcement at his campaign headquarters alongside Moseley-Braun and the Rev. James Meeks, another candidate who dropped out of the race.

"I am supporting Carol Moseley-Braun with every ounce of fervor that I have," Davis said. "I'm going to try to get every person who thought that they might support Danny Davis to switch their support to Carol Moseley-Braun. I will start tonight."

The announcement comes days after Davis criticized former President Bill Clinton over his involvement in the election. Clinton is set to campaign for Emanuel - who worked in the Clinton White House – this month.

In a statement Davis wrote: "The African-American community has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Clintons, however it appears as though some of that relationship may be fractured and perhaps even broken should former President Clinton come to town and participate overtly in efforts to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago's black community."

According to a recent poll, Emanuel garnered close to 44 percent of support from likely Chicago voters while Davis received 7 percent.

Emanuel responded to the announcement in a statement Friday.

"Congressman Davis' work on behalf of the people of Chicago goes back many years, and it certainly won't stop today – his views will be needed in the dialogue about the city's future," Emanuel said. "With all the challenges we face, we must come together to work on behalf of all Chicagoans and address the needs of every neighborhood."

- CNN's Tom Laabs and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report

Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Illinois • Rahm Emanuel
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  1. airdoc

    And so it begins. Just like when Obama was running for state senator and all of the others just happened to drop out of the race. Soon it will just be the non-citizen left to vote for – pure Chicago politics.

    January 1, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |