Illinois Gov. Quinn wins Democratic nomination

March 18, 2014

The Associated Press

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has won the Democratic nomination in his bid for a second full term in office.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he's ready for a tough re-election fight in the fall.

The Chicago Democrat gave a primary victory speech Tuesday focusing on his tenure and the push for raising the minimum wage. The address largely resembled his State of the State address in late January, focusing on issues.

He didn't mention his Republican challenger multimillionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner by name. But he did allude to Rauner's wealth saying he doesn't own mansions and will fight for the 99 percent of Illinois.

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Quinn kept a low profile ahead of the primary. He faced one lesser-known challenger and was easily expected to win. However, the November race is expected to be competitive for Quinn, who's seeking a second term.

Rauner won the nomination in a four-way primary.Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has won the Democratic nomination in his bid for a second full term in office.

The Chicago Democrat topped a lesser-known challenger, activist Tio Hardiman, in Tuesday's primary.

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Quinn took a low-key approach to his primary race, saying he's focusing on doing his job and that Illinois voters know his record.

With no serious opponent, Quinn didn't have to dig into his campaign funds. He finished 2013 with about $4.5 million in his campaign fund.

Quinn has ramped up his campaign in recent weeks, hiring a strategist who managed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign.