(KMOV.com) – Polls show Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner are in a statistical dead heat.
A political science professor said Quinn is vulnerable candidate for a number of reasons including a scandal involving hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
“If you look at a lot of Rauner’s ads, that’s the message he is putting across,” said Ken Moffett, political scientist professor at SIUE. “In effect he is saying ‘I am not Pat Quinn.”
“I think there’s a fair number of folks who are also voting for him because they are mad at Pat Quinn over various things, including state pensions and what have you.”
Despite the difficulties facing Quinn, Moffett said the race may still be in his favor. Quinn won in 2010 by winning in Cook County and receiving heavy support from African Americans and organized labor. Moffett said Democratic turnout in Chicago will be key to triumphs at the polls.