Rep. Gutierrez Pulls Out Of Obama Senate Seat Race

01/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez said he's taken himself out of the running to fill the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

"The Senate selection process has been tainted, and it is clear that we need a new process to fill the seat that will represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate," Mr. Gutierrez said in a statement. "I will not be a candidate in that process but rather look forward to returning to the House and continuing my fight for comprehensive immigration reform."

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