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September 17, 2013

Daley's exit leaves clear path for Ill. governor

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CHICAGO — —

But in recent weeks Quinn, who has long portrayed himself as an outsider and underdog, secured some key backing. The Cook County Democratic Party — once the organization of Daley's father, the late Chicago Mayor Richard Daley — endorsed Quinn, as did Democratic party chairmen in 79 of the state's 102 counties. Quinn also has shored up support in the black community, and Daley didn't dispute a comment that he was likely to be the loser when Illinois Democratic leaders meet in Springfield this weekend to discuss slating party candidates for statewide office.

State Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Democrat from southern Illinois, said he didn't know how Daley's name would carry in his territory.

"There are a lot of people who do not know Bill Daley, they just think it's a Chicago name. I don't know if it would have played down south at all," Phelps said.

Daley and Quinn also had begun providing glimpses of the attacks they planned to level at one another. While Daley ripped Quinn's leadership, the governor called Daley a "millionaire banker" who "helped drive the American economy into a ditch and created the Great Recession." Quinn's campaign also was expected to repeat an assertion by the author of a book on the 2008 presidential campaign that Daley's tenure in Obama's White House was "a walking disaster."

Daley, 65, said he would audit the campaign funds he has raised — roughly $800,000 by the end of June — and return donations.

The four Republicans in the race are state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. Quinn's lone remaining opponent for the Democratic nomination, Tio Hardiman, said he is staying in the race, but acknowledged that he lacks the governor's name recognition and resources.

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