The primary ballot in Illinois will choose more than simply winners. The vote is also a nod to the future of political parties in the state. The governorship post up for grabs in the state has seen similar candidates from both the GOP and the Democratic Party. Candidates of both the parties are extremely rich. They have largely funded their own campaigns. Both are moderates when it comes to their party views. JB Pritzker is the candidate from the Democratic Party and Governor Bruce Rauner, of the Republicans. Both Republicans and Democrats had upstart challengers: Senator Daniel Biss and state Representative Jeanne Ives.
Spending money to win
Pritzker, the Democratic candidate, spent nearly $70 million of own money to out-compete five other hopefuls. He has already taken potshots at Rauner, his GOP rival. The Democrat nominee termed the Republican a failure. He also repeated the many issues which he mentioned in his campaign. Pritzker proposed that schools must be funded properly so that each and every child acquires a quality education. He proposed the progressive income tax. This, he surmised, will reduce the middle-class tax burden and also of the poor who wish to be the middle class. He told that work must be done to achieve universal healthcare. It can be done by passing his plan for the public option.
The Democrat was coy during his campaign when asked about the income tax rates he would impose on voters if elected. The constitution must also be changed to permit a progressive tax. A proposal introduced by the Democrats in General Assembly increases income tax on most Illinois residents. Pritzker won convincingly, with 45.5 percent of all votes cast. Biss, at 26 percent, came at a much distant second. In the third place was Kennedy. The latter received 24 percent of the vote.
Political analysts are keen to see which of the two candidates Illinois voters would pick. The latter will narrow races for Congress, governor, and attorney general. Decisions will affect local races like the sheriff and state representative polls. County administration may also be affected. It is to be kept in mind that the results of such lower races influence the daily lives much more than the bigger races shown on television. Political analysts point out that in all elections, there appears to be one or multiple races whose winners are decided by the bigger races as seen on television.