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Illinois politicians make their way into Quincy ahead of elections

We're two days away from electing who will run against Governor Pat Quinn in 2014, but could Western Illinois be a major player in who that will be?

It was one last push from both GOP Governor candidates Bruce Rauner and Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard to get as many votes as they can before the primary election.  Dillard knows the importance of each vote.
"I came within 193 votes of my friend and colleague Bill Brady last time. Every vote counts.  So I'm in Quincy because a vote in Quincy is just as important and counts just the same as a vote up in Chicago," Dillard said.

But why are both GOP candidates in Quincy? QU political professor Justin Coffey said it's because the candidates know this is where they can get the votes.      

"The Republican's party emphasis is now down state.  The votes are in Quincy and in downstate Illinois.  They're no longer in the Chicago area and that is why Republican candidates are in Quincy two days before the election," Coffey said. 
As Rauner goes around Kelly's Tavern introducing himself to potential voters, he said the Quincy area isn't someplace you can ignore if you want to win the primary.        

"You know it's critically important.  Quincy's suffering from the bad economic policy policies of Pat Quinn. Quincy's well located.  You've got great people here and you're bordering some very well run states."

State Representative Jill Tracy who's running with Dillard as Lt. Governor said despite her knowing the Western Illinois area so well, you can still get more votes just by speaking to your community.

"I think it builds the enthusiasm and they go out and tell their neighbors and friends.  Their email contacts and so every bit helps," she said. 
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