The Illinois gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Governor Pat Quinn (D) is running for re-election. Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, however, opted to run for state comptroller in 2014 rather than seek re-election with Quinn. Quinn is widely recognized as one of the most, if not the most, vulnerable governors facing re-election in the 2014 electoral cycle.
Quinn chose ex-Chicago public schools chief Paul Vallas to replace Simon as his running mate for lieutenant governor. The pair faced one set of token primary challengers and easily scored the Democratic nomination in the March 18 election. Although heavily contested, the Republican primary race also concluded without upset, as decisive frontrunner and wealthy venture capitalist Bruce Rauner defeated three tickets -- led by state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady and state treasurer Dan Rutherford -- to win the party's nod. Rauner's primary election victory alongside running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti cost almost $14 million, including $6 million from his own pocket, the most any gubernatorial candidate has contributed to his own primary campaign in Illinois history.
In addition to Rauner, Quinn will defend his seat against third party candidates Michael Oberline (Constitution Party), Chad Grimm (Libertarian) and Scott Summers (Green Party) in the November 4 general election.
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