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Toi Hutchinson withdraws from 2nd district Congressional race

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The number of candidates running for the 2nd district congressional seat has dropped again. State Senator Toi Hutchinson officially pulled out Sunday, after concerns were raised about campaign funds paid to her mother.

Hutchinson says that her mother simply helped her manage her campaign responsibilities, such as getting her places she had to be and helping her with not missing play dates, Hutchinson paid her mother $57,000 over two years as her campaign scheduler.

Since dropping out of the race, Hutchinson has endorsed former State Representative Robin Kelly, saying "Robin is a friend, and has captured momentum in pulling our community together. I am simply unwilling to risk playing a role going forward that could result in dividing our community at a time when we need unity more than ever."

"I truly appreciate Senator Hutchinson's support, but really the race is not about me or endorsements. It's about the citizens of the second congressional district, and moving the district forward," Kelly said.

Kelly dismissed charges from other candidates that she's a pawn for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose anti-violence super PAC has spent over a million dollars on ads targeting Kelly's opponents, especially former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson. Halvorson says that a behind the scenes closed door meeting was struck between Hutchinson and Kelly, and that the voters of the 2nd congressional district deserve better.

"We are letting a New York billionaire and the mayor of New York City dictate the terms and possibly the outcome of the 2nd district special election," said Alderman Anthony Beale, another candidate for the district.

There are now 15 candidates remaining in the race to fill the seat that once belong to Jesse Jackson Jr.

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