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By publicly announcing his support, Jacobs is “sending the message for other candidates to stay out,” said Democratic strategist Na’ilah Amaru.

“Whether this strategy works will become clear by February,” she said. “Also, if potential candidates continue to publicly express interest despite not having support from the Party chair, it may reflect that a significant number of committee member votes are undecided, particularly as many are waiting on James’ decision to run.”

And it won’t necessarily kick contenders out of the race, Amaru said. James, for example, has a history of running without support from the Democratic establishment; it’s how she won her seat in the City Council, Amaru said.

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