Voting polls close at 7pm in the IL state primary this evening. There appears to be a lot of progressive and centrist energy as there is a governor’s race at stake, and 5 Dems are vying to be on the top of the ticket. The three leading contenders are JB Pritzker, a Clinton Democrat and legacy of Hyatt Hotels family, Chris Kennedy, son of RFK, and Daniel Biss, a Northwestern math professor and Our Revolution endorsee.
In IL-03, Marie Newman is fighting to knock off the incumbent, Dan Lipinski, a blue dog who didn’t support the ACA or a woman’s right to choose. Newman has endorsements from NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Our Revolution and Bernie Sanders, whereas Lipinski has quite a bit of union support.
The Sun-Times is reporting that Dan Lipinski is ahead 52% to Newman’s 48%, but still more votes to be counted. Whoever wins this primary is likely going to DC as it trends Blue.
IL-04 Chuy Garcia is running for the Dems and I think he will win.
In my district, IL-13, 5 are vying for the Dem nomination: Erik Jones, a Sierra Club backed candidate, David Gill, who has run in this race 3 times before and lost very narrowly to Rodney Davis in 2013, Betsy Londrigan, who is a Durbin former staffer, Jonathan Ebel, a college professor, and Angel Sides, a teacher. The person I had hoped would run but decided to sit out did so because of Durbin’s candidate. (there were other factors as well). I saw only two ads for Londrigan and one each for Gill and Jones.
There are several places to follow the election results. I’m posting the first one from Politico:
If you take any stock in Politico, this could be helpful: the five things to look for in the IL Primary tonight. I’m posting the one about the Dem side of the Governor’s race:
The biggest story lines from the Democratic governor’s race are Pritzker’s $70 million in spending, RFK son Chris Kennedy’s name ID and state Sen. Daniel Biss’ ability to attract liberal voters.
High African-American turnout could boost Kennedy, who has polled the strongest among black voters and invested heavily in reaching the city’s black neighborhoods. But high voter turnout overall may benefit Biss, who has worked to inspire a new wave of progressives.
The telltale sign for Pritzker will be voter turnout downstate, where he’s built infrastructure aimed at reviving Democratic enthusiasm in what’s turned into Trump country. With Biss and Kennedy likely splitting the anti-establishment vote, Pritzker could have a clear path if he manages to lure Democrats to the polls across the state.
The Young Turks is also having special coverage (I’m posting the link to their YT channel live) in the event you don’t have cable or satellite–or perhaps don’t want to watch teevee:
Update: Bernie will be joining Chris Hayes on his show. I’m guessing it’s about Yemen.
Bernie in Seattle on this date in 2016.
This will also serve as an open thread.