ANNA, IL (KFVS) - Illinois's Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner met with voters in Anna on Wednesday.
The meet and greet was part of Rauner's final campaign push in Southern Illinois.
Latest polls show the race between Rauner and Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn could be one of the closest in the country.
Rauner's message for Heartland voters was southern Illinois matters.
"Southern Illinois will be key," said Rauner. "If we get voters to turn out here, that will help overcome some of the Chicago influence, disproportionately," Rauner said. "It's not right that Cook County in affect runs the rest of the state."
Rauner also emphasized the area's room for job growth.
He said if elected, he will use southern Illinois' vast resources to bring new industries to the area.
Early voting in Illinois is now open.
Election Day is November 4, 2014.