Illinois Republicans: Prepare for a crash landing

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Republican political pundits and even President Donald Trump have lowered expectations for their party’s performance in November. Midterm elections often swing against incumbent presidents.

But it’s unclear whether Illinois Republicans are fully prepared for the purge in Springfield. It’s going to be a bloodbath. Not only is first-term Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner projected to lose to Democrat J.B. Pritzker, Republican candidates for the General Assembly, from Rockford to Murphysboro, stand on increasingly rocky footing. Small but meaningful gains Republicans made to eliminate Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan’s supermajority in 2016 could be reversed.

Democratic voters are juiced. Pritzker’s bottomless checkbook is feeding get-out-the-vote efforts, campaign staff, candidates, mailers and foot soldiers statewide. Will the media now refer to Illinois’ Democratic Party as Pritzker’s Democratic Party, as they have Rauner’s Republican Party?

They should. It is.

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August 20, 2018 at 02:00PM

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