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Primary over, Illinois GOP is in strong position in governor race
Primary over, Illinois GOP is in strong position in governor race

CHICAGO — President Obama's Illinois has been one of the most reliably blue on the political color scale, but Tuesday's primary positioned Republicans for a strong shot at retaking the governor's mansion in a state mired in chronic fiscal disarray. Venture capital tycoon Bruce Rauner, a politically influential player among this city's corporate elite but a first-time candidate, narrowly captured the Republican nod for governor over three party veterans in a race fueled by the new nominee's vast personal wealth and biting disdain for public employee unions. "Let's go get 'em," Rauner declared as he claimed an unexpectedly slim victory...

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