Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's "staying out of" the Chicago mayor's race.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia are facing off April 7.
Emanuel and Rauner are friends and worked together during Emanuel's time as an investment banker.
But asked Friday about the mayoral runoff, the Republican governor told reporters: "I'm staying out of it."
The April election comes after Emanuel failed to win a majority of the vote in a five-candidate field on Tuesday.
Emanuel was the top vote-getter, followed by Garcia.
Willie Wilson finished third. Both Garcia and Emanuel have since sought the African American businessman's endorsement.
Rauner says he speaks to Wilson regularly but that he hasn't tried to get Wilson to back Emanuel.