Hynes, Quinn Pointing Political Fingers in Final Days

Hynes making late run for Quinn's job

By Carol Marin and NBC 5 Political Editor
|  Sunday, Jan 31, 2010  |  Updated 9:05 AM CDT
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Primary: Front Runners and Dark Horses

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The Democratic candidates are sparring as election day approaches.

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Quinn Vs. Hynes: The Final Countdown

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The tightness of the Democratic primary race for governor is evident on the faces of the Governor Pat Quinn and Comptroller Dan Hynes.

Hynes who was behind in double-digits, has pulled within reach because of the traction of two strong ads.

One dealt with the Quinn early inmate release programs that had to be suspended because it was plagued with problem inmates getting out. The other was the hugely powerful Harold Washington ad that reached back two decades to the voice of the iconic Washington blasting Quinn and explaining why he fired him as his Revenue Director.

Those campaign commercials brought Hynes up in poll numbers.

The Quinn camp, two days out from the primary, are counter punching as hard as they can.

Worried? Yes they are.

And so the Quinn campaign has redoubled its charges that Hynes horribly mishandled the Burr Oak Cemetery situation, citing documents suggesting that Hynes' office could have and should have known there were big problems with graves and human remains at the cemetery in 2003.

The tension, the charges, and the personal nature of this battle raises some real questions about Democratic unity going into November and how either of these candidates could possibly endorse the other.

Stay tuned.

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