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Last Minute Scramble in Gubernatorial Primary
It was a busy day for the four men vying for the Republican nomination for governor.
Most of them spent the day traveling around the state pushing for those undecided votes. In Tuesday's race, the question Republican voters face is, who has the best chance of beating Pat Quinn?
State Sen. Bill Brady (R) was the only one to pass through Springfield Tuesday on his five city "flyaround." He took some shots at Bruce Rauner and Kirk Dillard, who lead him in the polls, but he focused on his own electability.
"But I do think I am the more reliable Republican - the reliable Republican - the one candidate who can beat Pat Quinn, certainly more easily than the others," Brady said.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard makes the same claim. The Chicago Republican's endorsements include several major unions and former Gov. Jim Edgar, who toured with him today, including a stop in Champaign.
"With all due respect to the other gentlemen running, they are unelectable," Dillard said. "If you vote for them you are wasting your vote."
Bruce Rauner, who leads in polling and fundraising, spent the day in the Chicagoland area. The Chicago businessman has spent his campaign painting himself as the Springfield outsider, which he touched on in a stop in Chicago.
"We've got to rip the corruption out of Springfield by bringing term limits to our state government," he said. "Eight years and out - a critical thing to get term limits on every politician."
Dan Rutherford was out of the public eye, spending the day making conference calls to supporters. The State Treasurer has had a tumultuous few weeks after being accused of sexual harassment by a former staffer.
He has refused interviews in the past few weeks and has even banned media from his election day party.
Gov. Pat Quinn has a primary of his own to win. He faces a single challenger, Tio Hardiman, the former head of the anti-violence group CeaseFire. Quinn is widely expected to win the primary.