Rauner claims victory in Republican primary

Backed by a campaign war chest of $70 million, IL billionaire J.B. Pritzker easily secured the Democratic party's nomination in his state's gubernatorial primary race Tuesday.

Rauner got more than 361,000 votes in Tuesday's GOP primary while Pritzker got more than 573,000 in the Democratic race. Businessman J.B. Pritzker also easily won the Democratic race.

Lipinski's district, which stretches from Chicago to the southwest suburbs, is expected to remain in Democratic hands in November. "Even the media called him out on his deceptive campaign ads". "We divvied up the ... campaign and we went at it every single day". Democrat J.B. Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, spent about $70 million to win 46 percent of the vote in a six-candidate primary. In 2016, as Clinton battled against Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, Pritzker pumped millions of dollars into a pro-Clinton Super PAC. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, and Chris Kennedy, the son of former U.S. Sen. That is, after all, why everyone hates Rauner (well, except for the Republicans who hate Rauner for his betrayal on abortion funding - and, again, I'll caution anyone from out of state who thinks this is a blue vs. red partisan issue to take off their partisan lenses). The combination of his wealth and Rauner's, as well as the incumbent's low approval ratings, promises to make the general election one of the most closely watched in the country.

Ives raised just $4 million - less than any of the other prominent candidates, but has attacked the governor's conservative credentials in edgy TV ads.

In other races on the IL primary ballot, former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Attorney General Lisa Madigan's surprise announcement that she wouldn't seek a fifth term prompted the large group of hopefuls to get into the race.

The GOP nominee is Arthur Jones, a self-proclaimed Nazi and Holocaust denier who was the only Republican to file for the office after the Illinois Republican Party unsuccessfully tried to recruit a candidate.

But none involved the kind of spending as seen in the governor's race.

Both Pritzker and Rauner enter the second leg of the contest hobbled.

In losing to Rauner by less than 20,000 votes out of more than 700,000 cast - roughly two votes per precinct - Ives nonetheless rallied conservatives throughout the Prairie State in an insurgent campaign that many are now likening to Ronald Reagan's almost-successful challenge to President Gerald Ford in 1976. "This campaign is not just about the failed policies of a failed governor who thinks that lifting up the people of IL is a government expense rather than an investment in the future", he said. "He rips the toilets out of his mansion so he doesn't have to pay property taxes", Rauner said. In response, Biss has called him a "fraud" while Kennedy labeled him a "liar". "Primaries are really important because they hold your party's elected officials accountable for their actions over the course of their term, and nobody needs to be held accountable more than Bruce Rauner", Ives said. The ads included a 30-minute infomercial-style ad with the full Federal Bureau of Investigation recordings. "Prtzker represents the old ways over the last 30, 40 years and more taxes and corruption, or what I represent is change, more economic growth, more opportunity and less taxes".

Pritzker apologized last month, with White by his side.

Conservatives have largely turned on Rauner in his three years in office, pointing to a number of broken promises and unusual gaffes, including when he said that he was "not in charge", but blamed inaction on the economy on state House Speaker Michael Madigan.

"Rauner won by running relentless commercials that lied about me", she said.

  • Arturo Norris