Month 4: Rauner Still No Closer to Getting Ives’ Endorsement

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We’re four months out from the primary, and Governor Bruce Rauner’s problematic relationship with state Representative Jeanne Ives shows no signs of resolution. She received a standing ovation from a conservative Effingham County crowd while campaigning for legislative candidates (and not Rauner), and one of her biggest supporters is predicting defeat for Rauner if he doesn’t “reach out to the conservative base.”
Rauner was recently asked “how important” an Ives endorsement would be. Well, yesterday one national analyst rated the race as “Likely Democratic” due in part to Rauner’s inability to patch things up with Republican voters, allowing for the emergence of Republican state Senator Sam McCann to mount a third-party bid.
“Bruce Rauner has failed the people of Illinois for nearly four years, so it’s no surprise that four months later, he still can’t get Jeanne Ives or her supporters behind him,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “How does Rauner expect to win without 48% of the Republican vote?”