Jacob Meister Drops Out Of Senate Race, Endorses Alexi Giannoulias

Jacob Meister officially left the U.S. Senate race on Sunday, endorsing Illinois State Treasurer and primary front-runner Alexi Giannoulias.

Meister was the first openly gay Senate candidate in Illinois history. Giannoulias has been a strong supporter of LGBT rights throughout the campaign, and Meister's decision to support him was not unrelated.

Chicago Pride quotes Meister saying, "As I make way for Alexi to continue this fight, I am grateful to have a new ally in the struggle for equality for all Americans, and together we can deliver those rights to those who have waited too long for their arrival."

While he officially withdrew on Sunday, Meister has been all but out of the race for some time now, polling a distant fourth to Giannoulias, David Hoffman and Cheryle Jackson. A recent Tribune poll gave Meister only one percent of the vote.

Nonetheless, Meister's spokeswoman Karen Craven told Clout Street that Meister has brought important issues to the table, and that Giannoulias will be adopting many of his policy initiatives on job creation and equal rights for members of the LGBT community.