University of Illinois at Chicago

Before his bid to become California governor, John Cox took on some guy named Obama

Before his bid to become California governor, John Cox took on some guy named Obama

The candidate was opposed to entrenched lawmakers doing favors for friends and sold himself as an anti-corruption reformer in favor of limited government. Was it the 2004 Illinois Senate race or the 2018 California governor’s race? For John Cox, it was both.

In the heat of the 2003 Illinois U.S. Senate primary, millionaire Republican businessman Cox stood on a debate stage in Chicago, butting heads with a little-known Democratic state senator named Barack Obama.

Neither candidate was considered their party’s favorite. But things began looking up for Obama, of course, who won the Senate race and then...

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