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Illinois Governor Pritzker to Face Trump’s Choice in November

  • Pritzker handily wins the Democratic gubernatorial race
  • Bailey beats Griffin-backed Irvin in GOP governor primary
J.B. Pritzker

J.B. Pritzker

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire Democrat seeking a second term in November, will face a downstate conservative backed by former President Donald Trump as the state’s Republicans try to regain a foothold in a largely blue state.

Pritzker, 57, won the Democratic primary against former Army Major Beverly Miles with 93% of the vote, according to the Associated Press. Darren Bailey, a Bible-quoting farmer who had received an endorsement from Trump just days before the Illinois primary, got 57% of the vote, beating a field of five other Republicans. That included Richard Irvin, mayor of the second-largest city in Illinois, whose campaign had received $50 million in contributions from Ken Griffin, the state’s richest man.