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CHICAGO — The race to replace U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez got less crowded on Tuesday.

Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th Ward, announced he was dropping out of the race to fill Gutierrez’s seat and backed Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

Ramirez-Rosa said he made the decision because he did not want to dilute progressive voter support for Garcia.

In November, Gutierrez announced he would not be seeking re-election and said he supports Garcia as his replacement.

A recent survey showed Garcia with a big early lead.