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Illinois Governor Quinn to face businessman Rauner in November election

Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn waves as he is introduced by U.S. President Barack Obama during an event on manufacturing innovation institutes in the East Room of the White HouseBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – Businessman Bruce Rauner narrowly won the Republican nomination on Tuesday to challenge Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat who is seen as deeply vulnerable in this left-leaning state ahead of the November election. Meanwhile, Quinn coasted to a win in his own primary, beating anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman. Preliminary results by Reuters U.S. Election Service had Quinn leading Hardiman about 72 percent to 28 percent. Republicans are looking to Illinois as perhaps the party’s best shot to take out a Democratic incumbent governor.

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