Democrat Kwame Raoul getting more resources for attorney general race in campaign’s closing days

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Illinois Democrats are showering attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul with late campaign cash and increased attention amid concerns of a tightening contest against Republican rival Erika Harold.

Raoul, an African-American state senator from Chicago, also is seeking to benefit from a late radio ad cut by the predecessor of his Springfield seat: former President Barack Obama, who also will appear at a Sunday rally for the Democratic ticket at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

At the same time, Harold, an Urbana attorney, had failed to purchase any advance TV advertising time in the Chicago market for the race’s final weekend — an unusual move for a prominent statewide candidate. Given the timing required for purchasing political advertising, she at best may only have a limited showing in Chicago.

The attorney general’s campaign has evolved into the most contested statewide race outside the highly visible contest for governor between incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

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November 2, 2018 at 08:18PM

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