Daley Dropping Out Of Race For Governor

Sep 17, 2013

Bill Daley has made the surprise decision to end his bid for Illinois governor.

Many of Daley’s recent campaign moves had suggested he was gearing up for a rough primary fight against incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn. Daley - the son and brother of the former Chicago mayors - had hired a campaign manager who’s run some successful congressional campaigns.

But Daley’s campaign manager confirmed late Monday the former White House Chief of Staff will drop out of the race.

Daley told the Chicago Tribune he wasn’t prepared for the enormity of running for public office. He also says he still doesn’t think Quinn can win re-election.

In a statement, the Quinn campaign says it respects Daley's decision, and that a divisive primary would have only helped Republicans.