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Blagojevich and Topinka will face off in IL Governor's race

By Sean Crawford, IL Public Radio


Chicago, Ill. – This fall's race for Illinois Governor will feature the incumbent Democrat against the first woman to ever be the Republican nominee.

Voters chose Rod Blagojevich and Judy Baar Topinka in Tuesday's primary election.

And as Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports, the two wasted no time in starting to attack each other, giving a preview of their campaign strategies.

Illinois Governor - GOP Primary
Candidate Vote Total Percentage
Judy Baar Topinka 269,565 38%
Jim Oberweis 225,395 32%
Bill Brady 132,446 19%
Ron Gidwitz 76,559 11%
Andy Martin 5,826 1%
Illinois Governor - Democratic Primary
Rod Blagojevich (i) 585,525 70%
Edwin Eisendrath 249,868 30%
(94% of precincts reporting)

Illinois Lt. Governor - GOP Primary
Candidate Vote Total Percentage
Joe Birkett 330,695 51%
Steve Rauschenberger 195,440 30%
Sandy Wegman 87,177 13%
Lawrence Bruckner 39,931 6%
(Democratic Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn ran opposed)
Illinois Treasurer - Democratic Primary
Alexander Giannoulias 471,389 61%
Paul Mangieri 296,725 39%
(winner to face GOP nominee Christine Rodogno, who ran unopposed)
(94% of precincts reporting)


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