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Senator Meeks drops out of Chicago mayoral race

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Illinois State Senator James Meeks has dropped out of the Chicago mayoral race.

Reverend James Meeks says he’s dropping out of the race for the sake of unity within the African-American community.

He says before making his decision, he met with the four other African-American candidates and asked them to consider dropping out of the race so there could be one strong candidate. Instead, he says he’s deciding to lead by example...and be the first to drop out.

Meeks recently came under scrutiny for voting against civil unions for gays in the Illinois Senate and for comments he made about minorities. Meeks says there should be no question about his motives for leaving the race.

In November, a caucus of African-American politicians selected Congressman Danny Davis to be the leading candidate within the community.

Meeks says he is not endorsing anyone at this time.

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