Turnout could swing GOP race for Illinois governor

Turnout could swing GOP race for Illinois governor

Credit: AP Photo/Daily Herald

In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, second from right, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor, speaks at a business forum in Mount Prospect, Ill., as his three challengers state Sens. Bill Brady, left, state Sen. Kirk Dillard, and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, right , look on in Mount Prospect, Ill. It was the first time all four candidates appeared on a stage together in 2014. Rauner is considered the heavy favorite in the four-way GOP primary. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Bob Chwedyk, File)

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by SARA BURNETT

KMOV.com

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Republican primary for Illinois governor is approaching after a campaign that featured unprecedented involvement by labor unions, allegations of sexual harassment and millions in spending by one candidate.

Wealthy businessman and front-runner Bruce Rauner says he wants to "shake up" Springfield and its "career politicians."

To win the GOP nomination on Tuesday, he must top three longtime lawmakers -- state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard and Treasurer Dan Rutherford. They say they have the experience and expertise needed to run the state.

Republican leaders consider the election critical to winning the governor's mansion for the first time in more than a decade and regaining some control in a state government dominated by Democrats.

They see Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn as vulnerable because of Illinois' financial troubles.

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