SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – The race for the Democratic nomination for governor is over.

William Daley has pulled out of the race, saying that even though he had been around politics all his life, he didn’t realize how big a task being a candidate would be.

“I have great admiration for those who run for office, knowing how difficult it is on they [sic] and their families, and I’ve had plenty of family members who have run for office, and they’ve been very successful and very successful at governing, but it really gets down to is this exactly for me at this stage of my life?” he said on WGN-TV Monday.

Daley said the answer was “no” to being a candidate for 14 months, and possibly being governor for four or eight years.

Daley, 65, served as commerce secretary under President Clinton, was campaign chairman for the Al Gore presidential campaign in 2000, and he served for 13 months as chief of staff for President Obama. He had never before run for office himself.

Daley’s withdrawal leaves standing only Gov. Pat Quinn, whom Daley says cannot win if he is the Democratic nominee.

The governor’s campaign said in a statement Monday that it respects Daley’s decision to drop out because a divisive primary would have only helped Republicans.


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