Published: Thu, March 22, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Rauner And Pritzker To Face Off In November's Illinois Governor Race

Rauner And Pritzker To Face Off In November's Illinois Governor Race

For comparison, in 2010, the year of a Republican general election sweep, the Democratic advantage was 959,521 to 783,060.

Democrat Paul Stoddard will face Republican Jeff Keicher in November in the race for the IL 70th District House seat, which had been occupied by longtime incumbent Republican Bob Pritchard.

Longtime Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, a near-constant GOP target, was also an issue in several Democratic primaries.

Cook County came through for Rauner, delivering a 10,000-vote edge that challenger Ives was never able to overcome, though the race for Republican governor nominee stayed close.

Rauner will face Democrat J.B. Pritzker in November, after Pritzker defeated five challengers in the Democratic primary.

"He didn't accomplish much in terms of turning around the state, but he did approve the sanctuary state and publicly funded abortion bills", Tirio said. Rauner is one of the most unpopular governors in the U.S. with an approval rate even less than President Donald Trump in IL where the president lost decisively in the 2016 elections. Like Rauner four years ago, Pritzker arrives with no prior experience in public office (although he lost a primary for Congress in 1998) but extreme personal wealth.

Electing Pritzker would provide no guarantee of political harmony.

"It's because so many Republicans see him as an utter and complete failure and Democrats are united in wanting to defeat Bruce Rauner and it appears that we have allies on the Republican side in our effort", Pritzker said. He does not suffer fools, and thus was distant from Rod Blagojevich. Democrat Chris Kennedy has about $2 million in his. But I don't think I ever saw a single TV ad for him in Metro East.

Pritzker received 46 percent of the vote over state Sen.

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The challenger also got a boost from devious ads from the Democratic Governors' Association calling her too conservative for IL (an effort to help her against Rauner).

While Republicans generally have gained ground in Metro East in recent years, East St. Louis proved itself still resolutely Democratic.

"The Republican Party is disenchanted right now", he said. As the Morning Consult reported based on compiled data, Rauner has one of the lowest approval ratings among governors in the country.

In the crowded Democratic primary for attorney general, state Sen. He's seeking his eighth term. But the narrow wins also exposed the danger traditional candidates face in what has been a turbulent election year.

According to Politico's Natasha Korecki, Democratic turnout in IL was up 300 percent versus 2014 and up 30 percent versus 2010, the last midterm cycle where there was a competitive Democratic gubernatorial primary. John Shimkus of Collinsville and Rodney Davis of Taylorville may be on their way to re-election. After he signed a law that expanded taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance, his positions have become a major liability among conservative Republicans voters.

Rauner's road to victory in the primary, paved in December 2016 with an initial investment of $50 million from his own coffers, turned rocky toward the finish, as Ives, questioning his bona fides on social issues, made a strong push for conservative voters. Tuesday's vote could lead to an advisory November ballot initiative on the topic. St. Clair County, where an identical proposal failed in 2017, did not try it again. For a state facing many money shortages across the board, that's nothing to blow smoke at.

High property taxes for education, and the proposed school sales tax, represent a local last resort since the state has been unable to reliably provide its full funding share.

"We have not spoken yet; you are right, it is very hard".

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