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Illinois Primary Pits Griffin-Backed Candidate Against Trump’s

  • Irvin is backed by Citadel’s Griffin, Bailey endorsed by Trump
  • Candidates vying to face incumbent Governor JB Pritzker
Richard Irvin and Darren Bailey
Richard Irvin and Darren Bailey

Source: Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service/Getty Images

Illinois headlines several primaries taking place on Tuesday, with its Republican gubernatorial contest between a candidate backed by billionaire Ken Griffin and another recently endorsed by former president Donald Trump.

Leading the Illinois GOP polls are Darren Bailey, a Bible-quoting state senator who was endorsed by Trump at a Southwestern Illinois rally over the weekend and Richard Irvin, the Black mayor of the state’s second-largest city who has received about $50 million from Griffin, who recently announced that he was moving Citadel, the financial giant he founded in Chicago, to Miami.