Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, and democratic gubernatorial candidate J. B. Pritzker.
(Rich hall-The State Journal-Register/Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune via AP)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was locked in a tight Republican primary battle with insurgents in state Parliament on Tuesday evening, while the businessman J. B. Pritzker was projected to cruise to victory in the Democratic contest.
With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Rauner led Status Rep. Jeanne Ives, from 52 percent to 48 percent. Pritzker won 46 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary to best five other candidates, including State sen. Daniel Biss (26 per cent) and developer Chris Kennedy (24 percent), a son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
If Rauner thinks of Ives in the elementary school, the subsequent General elections, the campaign against the Pritzker is expected that the most expensive in the history of the United States. Both men have already spend combined more than $120 million from their own pockets, as far to the competition.
Rauner, a former venture capitalist, took advantage of 2014 to pull the GOP wave from a surprising gubernatorial victory in a state otherwise dominated by Democrats. He promised that he would “shake up” Springfield with a pro-business agenda, the reduction of property taxes and the introduction of term limits on elected officials. But his ongoing spat with powerful state House Speaker Michael Madigan and other legislative provisions, Democrats left the state without a budget for two years, while billions of dollars piled on debt.
To break, in September, Rauner, the cul-de-SAC, helped by the signing of a law on the expansion of public funding of abortion in the state – effectively cut ties to the very conservative, the one that tried to vote for him.
In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times last week, Ives Rauner called for the adoption of the law “the ultimate betrayal” and warned of “a reckoning.” Ives also won the endorsement of the National Review magazine, described Rauner as “The worst Republican Governor in America” and said that he had “forfeited any claim to his party’s strong.”
Pritzker, an investor and heir to the Hyatt hotel chain, which poured almost $ 70 million of his own money in the first campaign of the election is a referendum on President Trump. The longtime Hillary Clinton donor, has repeatedly demanded to talk to trump a “racist,” “xenophobia,” “misogynist” and “homophobic” during the dull, and claimed that “no candidate running for the Governor [has done] more to the fight against Donald Trump.”
In contrast to Rauner and Pritzker, Ives, raised only $4 million-but an impression on the voters with a series of TV commercials attacking the Governor’s conservative credentials in the fancy TV commercials. One of them, which blasted the Chairman of the state GOP as a “cowardly attempt to stoke political Department” is a portrait of an actor mockingly thanking Rauner for not doing enough to restrict illegal immigration, abortion and the transgender bathroom-rights.
In response, Rauner has claimed that he is the only Republican who can Pritzker defeat in November.
“I am a person who can win,” the Governor of a southern Illinois radio station last week, saying said he is “thrilled” Pritzker. “We blow him up and take him.”
Tuesday’s primary was observed closely, as a bellwether for the rest of the nation, and could have to do Democrats, to cut into the GOP sticks to governors ” seats.
To win this year, 36 of the General government, with 26 of them currently by the Republicans. FiveThirtyEight has identified Illinois as one of 18 Republican General government, could be tilted.
Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.