02/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ald. Pat O'Connor Gets Edge On Emanuel's Congressional Seat

Ald. Tom Allen (38th) said Monday he would not be a candidate in the March 3 special primary election to succeed former U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, opening the door for City Council colleague Pat O'Connor (40th) to nail down the Democratic Party's pivotal endorsement.
Allen's decision to take a pass creates an opportunity for O'Connor, Mayor Daley's unofficial City Council floor leader, to line up the 70,001 weighted votes needed to secure the Democratic Party's all-important endorsement.

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