Rauner wins Republican primary, will focus efforts on November

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And my focus is on unifying everyone: "Republicans and Independents and reform-minded Democrats on the things we all need to have a better future".

Brian Mackey reports on Illinois' 2018 primary election. Rauner carried the city and suburban Cook County, but the candidates were neck and neck in the collar counties, with DuPage County votes still outstanding.

Meanwhile, Attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold has won the Republican primary for IL attorney general.

With a campaign war chest dwarfing Ives', Rauner's confidence was backed up by a February 28 poll showing him with a 20-percentage-point lead.

"Today the popular revolt against the political ruling class fell just a bit short", Ives said.

Ives did not accept her loss until additional ballots were counted.

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Following the decision, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich said that Rauner "broke his word to the people, especially those who have continued to speak on behalf of the vulnerable child in the womb". The incumbent will now face JB Pritzker in the November 6th general election. Rauner recently vetoed a gun control bill in an effort to solidify his standing within the GOP, infuriating many suburban moderates.

But Ives' aggressive and, in one especially jarring ad, offensive messaging also stirred anger across party lines. And some of the forces that had been allied with Rauner lined up in Ives' corner, including conservative mega-donor Richard Uihlein and Republican operative Dan Proft.

"I'm the one person who can win", Rauner told a southern IL radio station last week, saying he's "excited" to take on Pritzker.

Still, Ives was far outmatched on the financial front.

"There's two people that are prominent in state politics right now that can not win a statewide election", Ives said on WJBC radio last week.

Pritzker poured about $70 million into the primary contest, while businessman Chris Kennedy, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, put up about $2 million of his own cash.

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On the Democratic side, Lisa Madigan's surprise retirement announcement previous year made eight Democrats and two Republicans think: I could do that job. Rauner, by contrast, consistently has tried to avoid even mentioning the Republican president by name in public.

Despite that initial bravado, Rauner quickly became subdued. Former governor Pat Quinn called Raoul to concede the race late Tuesday evening.

By that point, the race had become a mudslinging contest in which each candidate - and some outside forces - tried to paint the other as a liberal plant.

In her speech, Ives committed herself to continuing to build the conservative movement in IL.

In an ad, Rauner labeled Ives "Madigan's favorite Republican".

On Tuesday night, the governor called for "unity" in taking on Pritzker, slamming the Democratic contender as Madigan's "handpicked candidate". Here in IL and in communities all across this great state, the wisdom is in the room.

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