The race to fill the position vacated by Jesse Jackson, Jr. got a little lighter on Wednesday.
State Sen. Napolean Harris has decided to drop out of the special election for the 2nd Congressional District seat.
"Even though I am ending my bid for Congress today, I am still committed to fighting for the same causes that led me to enter this race," Harris said. "I believe we need to fight for more educational opportunity, better jobs and to get guns out of the hands of criminals and gangs that are preying on our neighborhoods."
Harris said he's decided to throw his support behind Robin Kelly, saying she's the "right candidate to pick up that cause to fight for the people of Chicago and the Southland."
Harris represents Illinois' 15th Senate District. He played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs after attending Northwestern University.