Race for Governor: Mapping Pritzker's dominant night and Rauner's close call

Illinois Primary Election Results: 6th House District

The Chicago businessman and heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune put roughly $70 million into his campaign, spending heavily on advertising and staffing campaign offices across IL. It's clear Ives tapped into a frustrated conservative Republican voter base, railing on Rauner for having liberal views on abortion and LGBTQ rights and failing to stand up to the Democratic establishment in Illinois's statehouse.

The two billionaire candidates for governor in IL have spent tens of millions of dollars, and that's just in the primary.

Because both candidates are extremely wealthy and able to fund most, if not all, of their campaigns, analysts expect the race to be the most expensive governor's race in US history.

State Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich says state officials have been working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to test Illinois' voting registration systems weekly for vulnerabilities.

Lipinski is known as one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress. Incumbent Democrat Lisa Madigan, the speaker's daughter, chose not to seek re-election after four terms.

Newman has the backing of progressive groups and lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Geographically, Ives was strong in the suburbs of Chicago and won a band of counties south of Springfield.

National Democrats view IL as one of its best chances to flip a Republican-held governor's office four years after Rauner joined fellow Republicans Charlie Baker of MA and Larry Hogan of Maryland to claim governorships in states typically dominated by Democrats.

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"We deserve a representative who will represent us", said candidate Kelly Mazeski. Kwame Raoul for state attorney general. Daniel Biss, who has touted himself as the middle-class candidate.

But Rauner, a first-term governor, is expected to face a serious challenge from billionaire J.B. Pritzker, who secured the Democratic nomination. "And so I believe we've got to make sure that we're competitive in this 2018 election so that we can remove Bruce Rauner from the governorship and then get real campaign finance reform and make real changes to the government", Pritzker said. Democrat Chris Kennedy has about $2 million in his. Whether or not that's true is yet to come to light, but this is a big step forward for a candidate running in his first race and in need of a win to validate his platforms and months of campaign ads.

Pritzker's win will pit him against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who also has a vast fortune and spent more than $50 million in the primary. After he signed a law that expanded taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance, his positions have become a major liability among conservative Republicans voters.

Couvillon said 64 percent of voters picked the Democrats' ballot in Illinois's open primary system, compared to 56 percent in 2010, according to the Times.

There were no primary races in either party for secretary of state, comptroller or treasurer.

IL voters are choosing nominees in what's shaping up to be the most expensive election for governor in US history.

Beyond trying to unify a party in which almost half the primary voters wanted to dump him, Rauner will have to face a Democratic nominee who can match him dollar for dollar and then some - and who won his primary much more decisively. A self-described "middle class candidate", a member of a famous political family and an insurgent state legislator also are on the primary ballot. Recent media investigations found Pritzker and his brother Anthony owned a number of offshore shell companies where they parked their money and Pritzker did not reveal much about his personal income tax returns. Robert Kennedy - and state Sen.

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