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Illinois election focuses on Senate, legislative races

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Democrats are counting on a big victory by Hillary Clinton to carry them to important wins in the statehouse, U.S. Senate and a pricey contest for comptroller.

Republicans are angling for more influence in the Democratic-leaning Legislature with the help of wealthy GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has invested unprecedented amounts of money on down-ballot races that will affect what he's able to achieve in the last two years of his term.

Polls open Tuesday morning for the general election.

The Senate race pits GOP incumbent Mark Kirk against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. It's among a handful nationally that will determine which party controls the Senate next year.

And the race between Comptroller Leslie Munger and challenger Susana Mendoza has triggered a spending frenzy, with the parties combining to put more than $9.2 million into the campaigns, with Munger getting $6.8 million.

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