Admitting only to many conversations about the Democratic race for comptroller, State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) decided to effectively end the race by dropping out of it. The decision, on the eve of Monday's first day to file for the 2016 primary election, leaves Chicago city clerk Susana Mendoza as the only major Democrat running for the position now occupied by Republican Leslie Munger.
“I'm not happy about this development,” said Biss, “but nobody has any right to complain about the incredible privilege of being a state senator.”
The news comes as Mendoza racked up endorsements.
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A Mendoza-Munger matchup would pit a white Republican woman against a Latina Democrat. Asked to address the demographics, Biss, a white man, would only say the Democratic ticket is a diverse one.
Much attention is being paid to the comptroller's race because it is – other than U.S. Senate – the only statewide job up for election. The passing of Judy Baar Topinka before she could be sworn in this year led to Gov. Bruce Rauner appointing Munger and then the legislature creating the special 2016 election, making the appointment only for two years.