In Illinois governor's race, venture capitalist up for challenge

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wealthy venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has used $6 million of his own money to help catapult him past three other Republican candidates in Tuesday’s Illinois gubernatorial primary. If Rauner wins, as expected, a far tougher fight looms: Unseating Governor Pat Quinn, a Democratic who, while not popular, is expected to have heavy support from unions. The challenge for Rauner will be to convince voters he is not an out-of-touch tycoon and can work well in this liberal-leaning state, where Democrats hold a supermajority in the state legislature. “As long as Rauner can say, ‘I’m a successful businessman, I can bring expertise to bear, look how bad a manager Pat Quinn is’ – if you frame it that way, that can be very effective,” Redfield said.

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