Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced on Wednesday he would not run for Chicago mayor, clearing the way for former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to be the front-runner for now. Polls taken by other candidates showed Emanuel and Dart to be at the top. Dart dropping out of the race he never got in was not a surprise at this point; while Dart dithered about running, Emanuel got his organization up and running, as did Gery Chico and Carol Moseley Braun and other contenders.
Dart, at a morning press conference in Chicago said a reason he would not run was "the amount of time and energy it would take" and that time, the father of five said, "would mean i would be less of a father." Dart is up for election as sheriff on Nov. 2, facing only nominal opposition.