Illinois Governor Barely Wins Primary Against Conservative Challenger
22 March, 2018, 02:28 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
IL held primaries Tuesday for Congress and the governor's mansion in which both parties tested the viability of centrist incumbents against challengers backed by their party's ideological wings.
Democratic voters in Illinois' 3rd congressional district are deciding whether to continue supporting U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski or back political newcomer Marie Newman.
Ives is challenging incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary.Whitney Rupp for Shaw Media Governor candidate Jeanne Ives is interviewed by the editorial board of the Northwest Herald Monday, Feb. 19.Whitney Rupp for Shaw Media Governor candidate Jeanne Ives is interviewed by the editorial board of the Northwest Herald Monday, Feb. 19. As a cornerstone of IL "regular" Democrats, Madigan was on a different wavelength from Pat Quinn, who rose to prominence as a party renegade and sometimes gadfly.
Rauner will run against Democrat J.B. Pritzker in November's general election. He is expected to spend up to $250 million trying to defeat Rauner in the general election. Thank you IL, thank you for choosing Juliana and me together take your fight to the general election in November.
Pritzker's main message: He is best able to beat Gov. Rauner due to his unified support from organized labor, his mainstream Democratic views and his wealth, CBS Chicago reports.
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. He will face the victor of the GOP primary between Gov. Bruce Rauner and state Rep. Jeanne Ives in November.
One was that up in the 22nd House District, around Midway Airport in Chicago, state Rep. Michael Madigan won the Democratic nomination, unopposed, to seek another term.
The Republican Governors Association, meanwhile, labeled Pritzker a "self-serving IL political insider".
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Meanwhile, fewer than 1,600 votes separated Lipinski from Newman.
This story was reported by The Associated Press. "Those are pretty typical non-conservative stances on those issues". We saw a similar gap in 2006 (when Democrats took back both chambers of Congress) and in 2010 (when Republicans reversed the massive Democratic gains in the House of the previous election cycles).
"We have moved him on immigration, we have moved him on health care".
Rauner, who's battled the Democratic legislature at every turn, offered his fall campaign theme Tuesday night by inviting support from anyone "disgusted by our system of corruption". Jan Schakowsky (D) and Luis V. Gutiérrez (D). IL also racked up billions in unpaid bills and other debts during the nation's longest state budget impasse, then was unable to stop lawmakers from passing an income tax increase as part of a deal to end the stalemate.
The incumbent governor's Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker, has plenty of his own baggage. Pritzker spent more than $60 million to win his race.
In the crowded Democratic primary for attorney general, state Sen. While he may have been the first of three consecutive governors to not end up in jail, his governing style left much to be desired and that ultimately might have done him in as voters opted for a new face in Kwame Raoul.
"His victory came despite an intense effort on the part of pro-abortion and women groups to purge the party of an anti-abortion legislator in a reliably Democratic district", CNN explained. The race was called with 81 percent of the state's votes tallied.
Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan was projected to win in the race against Rep. Rodney Davis (R), in a central IL district evenly divided between the parties.
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