Rauner And Pritzker To Face Off In November's Illinois Governor Race

Rauner And Pritzker To Face Off In November's Illinois Governor Race

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker won the Democratic nomination for IL governor on Tuesday, defeating a member of a famous political family and a self-described "middle-class candidate" to advance to what could be the most expensive governor's race in US history.

Pritzker, 53, a venture capitalist and an heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune who Forbes estimates has a net worth of $3.5 billion, has already staked his campaign almost $70 million.

Ives spent a fraction of what Rauner did on television, about $2.9 million compared with $16.5 million for Rauner.

The Associated Press called the race for the 61-year-old Rauner, who defeated state Rep. Jeanne Ives to win the Republican nomination for a potential second term.

During the campaign, she also pilloried Rauner for having little success in implementing his so-called turnaround agenda to revive the state's laggard economy.

After the heated race between Rauner and Ives, Rauner stated that he did not speak with Ives before announcing his victory. He asked his party and IL residents to unite around him to stop Democrats.

"I'm sure you thought of this one, but Jesse White", Pritzker says at one point, suggesting the IL secretary of state as a good choice. Pritzker has promoted the progressive income tax, whereby those who earn more, will get taxed more, as a remedy to cure Illinois's financial illness.

"On the issues that we are divided, let's work together to bridge the divide". Robert F. Kennedy; and Daniel Biss, 40, a state senator who for much of the campaign joked that he only gave himself $25 - drawing a contrast to his far wealthier opponents.

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If the race does narrow to Pritzker and Rauner on Tuesday, November will be a contest between a billionaire and a multimillionaire.

"I'm not a ideal person". JB Pritzker will stand up to President Trump when Washington, D.C. policies hurt Illinoisans.

Bruce Rauner is not well liked. "One of them is Bruce Rauner and the other one is (Democratic House Speaker Mike) Madigan". Combined they're expected to top California in 2010 as the nation's most expensive governor's race.

Pritzker, however, had no qualms about his wealth.

Rauner claimed victory during the 10 o'clock news, before media outlets had even called the race in his favor.

Coupled with Rauner's signing of bills that limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities, and that allowed transgender people to change the sex noted on their birth certificates, Ives' supporters lambasted Rauner as a "RINO" - Republican in name only.

An early February spot featuring a male actor portraying a transgender woman thanking - in a deep voice - Rauner "for signing legislation that lets me use the girls' bathroom" drew a rebuke from the IL state Republican Party chairman, who asked that Ives "pull down the ad and immediately apologize to the Illinoisans who were negatively portrayed in a cowardly attempt to stoke political division".

Ahead of the passage of the budget, Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global ratings downgraded Illinois' bond rating to one step above junk, the lowest ranking on record for any state.

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