Daley: Exit From Race Doesn't Mean I Couldn't Win

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley says his decision to drop out of the 2014 gubernatorial race doesn't mean he couldn't beat Gov. Pat Quinn.

Daley told reporters Tuesday he thinks he had enough support -- including downstate -- and fundraising ability. But he says he didn't realize the "enormity" of being a candidate.

He says Quinn is also likely to lose to a Republican in November next year.

The brother and son of two longtime Chicago mayors got choked up as he described his family's service to politics and his decision to step aside.

He says he didn't base it on any single issue.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Quinn says he respects William Daley's decision not to challenge him for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

The governor said a divisive primary would have only helped Republicans, "who want to take the state backward."

Daley signaled Monday he wasn't sure he wanted to devote time to a long, hard campaign followed by four years in office and possibly another four years if re-elected. The decision leaves Quinn unchallenged in the primary next March.

One of the four men contending for the Republican nomination, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, says he's now "the only candidate able to offer a clean break from the failed policies coming out of Springfield."

Rauner is vying with state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard for the GOP nomination.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Former White House chief of staff William Daley has dropped out of the race for Illinois governor.

Spokesman Peter Giangreco confirmed Monday that Daley was ending his bid. The announcement came less than four months after Daley had said he would challenge Gov. Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination next year.

Daley had criticized Quinn for his handling of the state's pension crisis and other issues.

Giangreco says Daley was questioning whether he wanted to devote the amount of time required for a campaign followed by four years of governing.

The development was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Daley's the son and brother of two former Chicago mayors. He had served as chief of staff for President Barack Obama but had never run for public office.

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