The Democrat announced Friday he isn't interested in the job to replace retiring Mayor Richard Daley. Friends tried to draft Burris for the ballot, but his petition papers were challenged.
Burris issued a statement thanking everyone for their support and officially withdrew from the race.
"In the last 30 years, the people of Chicago have not had many opportunities to elect a new mayor -- specifically, for an open seat. This election is very important, because it will determine whether Chicago remains the attractive, competitive, creative, effective, and productive city we all know it to be."
He did endorse any of the remaining candidates, but said he looked forward to a "spirited contest."
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