The campaign has been on for months, but as of today, the election is under way. Early voting starts today and runs through March 15. Election Day is March 18. Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner, involved in his first campaign, is enthusiastic. “It’s exciting. This is a big turning point in the history of our state. We’ve gotta turn the state around. This is a big election. Everybody, get out and vote! Big primary, critically important,” he said.
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In the 2010 primary, 8 percent of the votes were cast during early voting, which was still new at the time. The candidates estimate that 30 to 40 percent of voters will vote early this time. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), a Republican candidate for governor, is urging voters to wait, though, because he thinks he’ll do better on Election Day than with votes cast starting now.
Statewide, there are Republican primaries for governor and U.S. Senate, and a Democratic primary for governor. There are primaries in various locations for seats in Congress, the General Assembly and for county offices.