Polls are showing a tightening governor’s race, but the Republican candidate says that’s not a surprise. A recent poll in the Chicago Tribune actually has Gov. Pat Quinn leading Bruce Rauner by 11 points, but Rauner says he’s not concerned. “People right now, and throughout for months, have been talking about polls,” Rauner said. “You know, the only poll that matters is Nov. 4, and this is all about getting our message out to the voters and all about making sure everybody gets out and votes. It’s critical.”
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Rauner says his increased availability to the media is not a sign of a shift in campaign strategy. The average of recent polling data compiled by Real Clear Politics has Rauner with a 2.7 point lead over Quinn. The same site showed State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) with a 10-point advantage over Quinn at this point in the 2010 race.