When Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) announced his retirement earlier in the year, he said it was only because Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia had agreed to run to succeed him. With the blessing of the local Democratic machine, Commissioner Garcia obviously became the man to beat, and the early endorsements didn’t stop Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa from joining the Democratic primary battle. But, the Alderman’s campaign proved to be short-lived. Yesterday, he dropped his congressional effort, thus making Mr. Garcia’s nomination, and therefore election, a virtual certainty. In fact, as part of his announcement, Mr. Ramirez-Rosa even endorsed Commissioner Garcia. Four other Democrats remain in the race, including two other Chicago Aldermen, but Mr. Ramirez-Rosa appeared to be the most serious challenger.
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