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Dillard, Tracy gubernatorial ticket reacts to new competition for DuPage County

Wheaton City Councilwoman Evelyn Sanguinetti speaks at a news conference after being introduced as Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's lieutenant governor pick Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Chicago. Sanguinetti is a lawyer who was once an assistant attorney general in Illinois under Gov. Jim Ryan before joining the suburban Chicago council in 2011. She's the daughter of Cuban and Ecuadoran immigrants and was born in Florida. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Wheaton City Councilwoman Evelyn Sanguinetti speaks at a news conference after being introduced as Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's lieutenant governor pick Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Chicago. Sanguinetti is a lawyer who was once an assistant attorney general in Illinois under Gov. Jim Ryan before joining the suburban Chicago council in 2011. She's the daughter of Cuban and Ecuadoran immigrants and was born in Florida. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Before Tuesday, gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard and running mate Jil Tracy probably had support in DuPage County locked up. According to Sun-Times Voices:

Republican Bruce Rauner’s choice of a Wheaton city councilwoman as his running mate seemed to hit a nerve Tuesday with gubernatorial rival Kirk Dillard, who until now had hoped to stake sole claim to Republican-dominated DuPage County.

Within an hour of Rauner’s selection of Evelyn Sanguinetti, the Dillard campaign had his running mate – state Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) – do an impromptu teleconference with political reporters. The Dillard campaign also issued a statement from former Gov. Jim Edgar touting Tracy as the “most qualified” Republican lieutenant governor candidate among the four GOP gubernatorial campaigns.

Part of Dillard’s political pitch in this race, unlike the 2010 primary he narrowly lost, has been that as a Hinsdale Republican, he was the only candidate from DuPage County, the reddest county in the state. But that changed with Rauner’s selection of the first-term Wheaton city councilwoman.

In the teleconference, Tracy downplayed any fears that Rauner’s selection could dilute support in DuPage for the Dillard-Tracy ticket.

[Read the full post at Sun-Times Voices]

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