Clinton to campaign for Pritzker in Illinois

The visit comes as Hillary Clinton is stepping up her midterm election involvement nationally, scheduling fundraisers and campaign stops from California to Florida. | Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

CHICAGO — Hillary Clinton plans to campaign with Democratic gubernatorial nominee J.B. Pritzker today, offering a lift to a longtime political ally days after Illinois early voting began in a state Clinton won by 16 points.

Clinton, a Chicago-area native, is to join Pritzker in hosting a late afternoon roundtable with at-risk, high school-aged women, according to Pritzker’s campaign.

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The visit comes as Clinton is stepping up her midterm election involvement nationally, joining the Democratic National Committee to host fundraisers in the San Francisco area and scheduling campaign stops in Florida later this month to benefit Democratic gubernatorial contender Andrew Gillum.

This isn’t the first time Clinton has helped Pritzker, a longtime friend and ally. In the Illinois primary, Clinton recorded a robo-call supporting Pritzker and gave him a shout-out during a speech in April, referring to him as “the next governor of Illinois.”

Pritzker backed Clinton when she ran in the Democratic presidential primary against Barack Obama in 2008. He then served as a fundraiser and adviser to Clinton in her 2016 presidential run.

Clinton’s help comes after Obama last month appeared with Pritzker in Downstate Champaign after he delivered a scathing rebuke of President Donald Trump in a speech at the University of Illinois.

A recent poll shows Pritzker leading incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner by 17 points.

Today, Rauner will meet with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to tout rail infrastructure improvement projects in the city.

Clinton’s appearance won’t translate into financial help — a billionaire, Pritzker is self-funding his campaign. On Sunday, the Democrat plowed another $20 million into his election efforts, for a total investment of $148 million in his efforts.

That surpasses the $140 million eBay executive Meg Whitman spent in a failed bid against Jerry Brown in a 2010 California governor’s race that, at $280 million, holds the record for the costliest governor’s race in U.S. history. Collectively, Pritzker and Rauner have raised $250 million.

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October 1, 2018 at 06:45AM

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