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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner ekes out narrow victory over challenger Ives

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner ekes out narrow victory over challenger Ives

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner narrowly defeated state Rep. Jeanne Ives on Tuesday night, escaping a primary challenge from a conservative lawmaker he’d once dismissed as a “fringe” candidate.

The first-term governor congratulated his challenger “on her principled stand” and called on Republicans to join together for the fall contest against Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

“I am honored and humbled by this victory,” Rauner said. “You have given me the chance to win the battle against the corruption that plagues Illinois.”

“To those around the state of Illinois who wanted to send me a message, let me be clear,” Rauner said. “I have heard you. I have traveled the state and I have...

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