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Rauner, Pritzker win Illinois primaries, the race square off in governor’s

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner addresses the crowd on primary election night in Chicago, March 20, 2018.

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In a race that came down to the wire, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner victory over insurgents, state legislators have moved in the Tuesday’s Republican primary, while businessman J. B. Pritzker cruised to victory in the Democratic contest.

The Associated Press called the race for the 61-year-old Rauner, who defeated state REP Jeanne Ives, in order to win the Republican nomination for a possible second term in office.

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 US sen Robert F. Kennedy.

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To pull Rauner, who took advantage of the 2014 GOP wave from a surprising gubernatorial victory in a state otherwise dominated by Democrats, and now his sights to Pritzker, an investor and heir to the Hyatt hotel chain.

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“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.”

Following Tuesday night’s victory, Rauner told supporters the state is facing a “critical turning point”.

“We are at a critical time, a critical turning point in Illinois,” Rauner. “I am humbled by this victory. You have me a chance to win the fight against the corruption that plagues Illinois.”

“I am humbled by this victory. You have me a chance to win the fight against the corruption that plagues Illinois.”

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

Pritzker, in an interview with the Associated Press after the results of the elections, called his victory “unbelievable” and said that he was “really excited” about the General elections in November.

“We have some work to do, for the next eight months, as we go out and beat Bruce Rauner,” he said.

“We have some work to do, for the next eight months, as we go out and beat Bruce Rauner.”

– J. B. Pritzker, the democratic primary winner

Pritzker, 53, has poured nearly $70 million in a democratic nomination proved to be more difficult than initially expected, while Rauner, a wealthy former private equity investor, dumped more than $ 50 million in his campaign Fund, because only the expenditure of over $65 million in its European elections in 2014.

If he promised in his first term in office, Rauner “shake up” Springfield, with a pro-business agenda included reducing taxes on the assets 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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