It Will Be Rauner vs Pritzker for IL governor

Rauner, Pritzker hold early leads in Illinois governor race

Rauner, Pritzker hold early leads in Illinois governor race

Billionaire JB Pritzker was elected Tuesday as the Democratic challenger for November's race for governor of IL. He self funded to the tune of over $70 million.

The other 3 challengers are each collecting about 1% of the vote.

"Tonight, we've taken the next step of beating Bruce Rauner and putting IL back on the side of working families", Pritzker said in a statement soon after the contest was called. "You have given me a chance to win the battle against corruption that plagues IL". Together, we have built a campaign in all 102 counties and we are ready to unite this state to defeat Bruce Rauner and move IL forward.

Despite giving $50 million to his own campaign in late 2016, Rauner, one of the country's most unpopular governors, finds himself neck-and-neck with Ives, a right-winger who's questioned his bona fides on social issues - even as Rauner dismissed her bid as the work of "fringe elements" - while appealing to disgruntled conservatives.

Ives raised just $4 million - less than any of the other prominent candidates. One of them, which the chairman of the state GOP blasted as a "cowardly attempt to stoke political division", portrays actors mockingly thanking Rauner for not doing enough to restrict illegal immigration, abortion and transgender bathroom rights. Kwame Raoul for state attorney general. The big race on the ballot involves the governor's seat. Personal wealth solidified Rauner and Pritzker's front-runner status but also made them frequent targets for opponent attacks.

Biss, a Harvard-educated mathematician who gave up teaching to enter politics, set up a website to track what he says is a $171,000-a-day campaign by Pritzker. The ads included a 30-minute infomercial-style ad with the full Federal Bureau of Investigation recordings. Pritzker has apologized, and White continues to back him. Although he says he has learned his lesson and won't support it again, Pritzker has repeatedly criticized his change of heart.

Pritzker's political ambitions date back to 1998, in which he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois' 9th congressional district. He promised to "shake up" Springfield with a pro-business agenda that included lowering property taxes and instituting term limits on officeholders. But his ongoing spat with Madigan and other legislative Democrats left the state without a budget for two years while billions of dollars of debt piled up.

In response, Rauner has maintained that he is the only Republican who can defeat Pritzker in November.

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