Schiff drops out of Minneapolis mayoral race, backs Hodges

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Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff announced Wednesday that he's dropping out of the race for Minneapolis mayor and is endorsing colleague Betsy Hodges.

The Star Tribune reports Schiff made the decision a few days after the city DFL convention on Saturday, where he placed third on two ballots.

Schiff told the newspaper that he "did not see a path to victory."

Although no candidate received the party's endorsement last weekend, former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew led on every ballot, eventually securing about 50 percent support in the fourth round of balloting.

The Southwest Journal says Schiff withdrew his name from the third ballot at the convention and formed an alliance with Hodges in an effort to block Andrew from securing 60 percent of the delegates’ votes to win the endorsement.

Schiff has also said he's not running for his 9th ward council seat again.

Candidates remaining in the race include Hodges, Andrew, former council president Jackie Cherryhomes, Council Member Don Samuels, attorney Cam Winton, special ed teacher Jim Thomas, former alderman Dan Cohen and software executive Stephanie Woodruff, according to the Star Tribune.

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