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Illinois Gov. Quinn wins Democratic nomination

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:51 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:56 p.m. CDT
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(Seth Perlman)
In this Jan. 23, 2014 file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State address at Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Even though heís the target of Republican attack ads, has a little-known outspoken challenger in the March 18 primary and could face a tough road to November, thereís little evidence of Gov. Pat Quinnís re-election bid. For weeks the Chicago Democrat has been nearly out of sight as four Republicans are locked in a competitive primary to unseat him in the fall. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has won the Democratic nomination in his bid for a second full term in office.

The Chicago Democrat topped a lesser-known challenger, activist Tio Hardiman, in Tuesday's primary.

In November, he will face the winner of the Republican primary among businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur), state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard and Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd).

Quinn took a low-key approach to his primary race, saying he's focusing on doing his job and that Illinois voters know his record.

With no serious opponent, Quinn didn't have to dig into his campaign funds. He finished 2013 with about $4.5 million in his campaign fund.

Quinn has ramped up his campaign in recent weeks, hiring a strategist who managed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign.

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