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Democratic Race For Governor Heats Up, Upcoming Debates Later This Week

Election Day is just three weeks from Tuesday and Illinois has never seen a governor’s race quite like this one

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    Race for IL Governor Continues as Upcoming Debates Linger

    With two more debates in the democratic race for governor this upcoming week, results are tough to predict. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018)

    Chris Kennedy is on the offensive, JB Pritzker is leading in the polls and challengers are looking for ways to shake up the coming election.

    Election Day is just three weeks from Tuesday and Illinois has never seen a governor’s race quite like this one; especially with so much money invested in the ongoing TV ad war by JB Pritzker—a total of 56 million dollars already spent.

    Pritzker has seven ads that are currently running on TV and several are negative attacks focusing solely on Biss.

    "The whole idea is to communicate with the people of Illinois, all across the state and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Pritzker said.

    RealClearPolitics publisher Tom Bevan however, suggests that the amount of money spent might not add up with his ranking on the polls.

    “He is spending an awful lot of money throwing the kitchen sink at these guys in the last three weeks of the race, that indicates he might not be as far ahead as the polls should,” Bevan said.

    Chris Kennedy campaigned in front of African-American ministers Tuesday, where he did not shy away from attacking frontrunner JB Pritzker and called him “a serial tax cheat.”

    Kennedy also threw criticism toward Daniel Biss, mentioning how he was baffled by “the idea that he would go and take away the retirement security from hundreds of thousands of people” in the state.

    “I was in there in the legislature, trying to address a difficult problem, didn’t do it the right way, I’ve talked about what I’ve learned,” said Biss. “In the meantime, JB Pritzker, the world’s biggest hypocrite was trying to fund more extreme pension legislation and now will not own up to it.”

    Bevan said he believes the race is a lot more wide-open than people thought it was going to be.

    With two more debates in the democratic race for governor this upcoming week, results are tough to predict.

    Early voting locations will increase throughout the city and suburbs starting Monday.

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