GOP Governor brackets for two big fights in Illinois primaries

Feb. 9, 2015: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters during a press conference in his office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.


One of the most vulnerable Republican governors up for re-election in the year 2018, the headline in Tuesday’s primary in Illinois with a strong challenge from his own party, as well as six Democrats gunning for his job.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will have to beat out former army veteran Jeanne Ives, which has forced the multi-millionaire in a contested primary and called for its left-leaning stance on abortion and immigration. If he is able to secure a victory, he’s a Democratic rivals in November.

The Illinois primary, as the seats one held in Texas last week, as a bellwether for the rest of the nation, and could have to do Democrats, to cut into the GOP sticks to governors “.

To win this year, 36 of the General government, with 26 of them currently by the Republicans. FiveThirtyEight has identified 18 Republican General government, could be tilted.

In Illinois, Rauner’s Republican Challenger, a strong grass root to plunge campaign to him through attacks on his position on abortion. In September, Rauner signed a bill that expands public funding of abortion in the state – effectively bonds cut to the very conservatives who helped elect him.

“It was the ultimate betrayal” by Charles Ives, the Chicago Sun Times told. “It was the moment named as my colleagues, and say that someone needs to be in this race. There will be a reckoning.”

Rauner is widening the gap after a very public separation from the conservative Illinois Policy Institute and was entitled “The Worst Republican Governor in America” by the National Review magazine, the formal Ives on Friday.

The National Review called Rauner a “thoroughly disappointing acting Governor” and said he “forfeited any claim to his party’s strong.”

Rauner has also angry right-wing members of his party with his stance on immigration and has been criticized for signing off on the measures, the local cooperation with Federal immigration authority.

Ives has also accused Rauner of “the social and economic agenda of the Chicago Democrat’s heads.”

To take the field of Democratic candidates seeking the Republican winner, a former math teacher, a doctor, a state senator, the son of the legendary political family, is an anti-violence activist and billionaire hotel heir.

The Challenger is facing off in Tuesday’s primary scramble to be part of an anti-Trump democratic wave, they hope to sweep the country. The candidate Trump used as a political piñata during the campaign season, and often boast about the candidate the least like him.

Hotel heir J. B. Pritzker is often called the President a “racist,” “xenophobia,” “misogynist” and “homophobic” during stump speeches. The longtime Hillary Clinton donor also claims “there is no candidate running for Governor that there is still more to be done in the fight against Donald Trump”

The other Democratic Challenger, Chris Kennedy, Chairman of the investment firm and the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, has pitched themselves as an outsider, despite coming from a legendary American family. He also has a trump card.

“It is possible that the President and un-American at the same time,” said Kennedy supporters in an E-Mail. “Trump presidency has made this very clear. To deny since the start of his campaign, and during his presidency, trump the rhetoric and the policy continues to be everything we are as Americans.”

This past frenzied final weekend of the campaign saw the democratic gubernatorial candidates Pritzker, Kennedy, and state sen. Daniel Biss pitching to African-American communities in the churches.

Rauner and Democratic service plan marched on Saturday in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Chicago, an annual tradition that attracts thousands of spectators as well as candidates and politicians.

Ives decided to have a parade in the Pfalz, a more GOP-friendly suburbs.

Rauner he thinks he’s best positioned to defeat the Pritzker, heiress to the Hyatt hotel fortune, has led in polling throughout the race and has the support of many in the Democratic establishment.

Rauner spent more than $65 million in its European elections in 2014, as he was one of several Republicans won governors’ races in Democratic-leaning States and they set the previous record expenditure of an Illinois gubernatorial candidate. He has more than 50 million dollars in his campaign Fund since then, some of which has paid for ads Pritzker-rays.

“I am a person who can win,” Rauner, a southern Illinois radio station last week, saying said he is “thrilled” Pritzker. “We blow him up and take him.”

The democratic Governors Association has also gotten involved in the GOP primary, run two ads in the run-up to the primaries. You rip Rauner over a two-year state budget stalemate controlled, the result of a disagreement between the Governor and the legislature, Democratically — led to billions in unpaid bills and the lowest credit rating of any US state.

Another ad calls Ives, one of the most conservative lawmakers in the state that she wants to ban abortion, and has an “a” rating from the National Rifle Association. During the ad, the ominous music and the narrator voice usually associated with a negative ad, the content could actually Ives to help in a GOP primary.

Rauner campaign, said the DGA should be required to complete a campaign report, the announcement of the ad Fund as a kind of donation to Ives.

“Washington-the Democrats know that Governor Rauner will be hard to beat in November,” communications director Allison said. “That’s why you decided to have obviously tried to influence the outcome of the Republican primary in favor of a candidate who is simply unelectable in Illinois.”

Ives said she is honored by attacks from the left, whether of the DGA, or “the Left, the fake-Republicans Bruce Rauner.”

Three other Democrats seeking the nomination: educator Bob Daiber, activist Tio Hardiman and physician Robert Marshall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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