Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) on Dec. 31 dropped out of Chicago’s mayoralty race. At a news conference at the headquarters of Operation PUSH on Jan. 1, Davis encouraged former rivals among the Chicago mayoral Black candidates to throw their support behind former ambassador and ex-U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, the only remaining major African American candidate in the race. The stated intent of the Davis move is to avoid a potential split in the Black vote in that city’s approaching mayoral election.

The field of candidates now includes Moseley Braun, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, City Clerk Miguel del Valle and former Chicago Board of Education President Gery Chico.

Davis called for his supporters to turn to Moseley Braun, saying that only with just one of them running, and with the united support of Black and progressive voters, could they hope to overcome Emanuel, the far-better-financed front-runner.

“…. rather than split up that which might become less than enough, why don’t you put all of what you can get into a place where it can work?” Davis said to the Chicago Sun-Times.