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Republican Day at the State Fair: Introducing the Crowded Field
Republican Day at the State Fair: Introducing the Crowded Field

The four Republican gubernatorial hopefuls pushed a message of both party unity and that they’re the right person to lead the state at a gathering of Republican county chairmen at the Springfield Crowne Plaza.

Winning was the theme pushed by the four candidates for governor as each spoke before a roomful of party supporters.

Bruce Rauner, who has never run for public office, says he has a winning attitude. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) says he’s the most electable, while State Treasurer Dan Rutherford noted he’s the only candidate who has already won a statewide race.

State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) acknowledges he didn’t win in 2010, but says having him on the ballot helped other candidates win. “We picked up six seats in the Illinois House, two seats in the Illinois Senate, three congressional seats and three statewide offices,” Brady said.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan says the four candidates are unique and each brings something to the table. “[They’re] really interesting candidates, bright candidates who will show people that the Republican party is alive and well,” Dorgan said.