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June 24, 2009

Danny Davis leaving the House?

Is Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) leaving Congress to pursue a campaign back in Chicago?

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Davis is forming an exploratory committee to consider a campaign for Cook County Board president:

Davis commissioned a poll which showed “very favorable” numbers for his run, Romero said, including placing him 7 points ahead of County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, the presumptive front-runner who pulled out of the race last week.

Davis is meeting withCounty Board President Todd Stroger to discuss the race. Davis was the runnerup three years ago when Democratic committeemen chose a successor to Stroger’s father, John, who suffered a stroke before winning the Democratic primary.

If he left Congress, his inner-city Chicago district, which gave President Obama 88 percent of the vote, is all-but-guaranteed to remain in Democratic hands.