Darren Bailey wins Republican nomination for Illinois governor

Sen. Darren Bailey shakes hands with a supporter at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in...
Sen. Darren Bailey shakes hands with a supporter at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Illinois.(Mike Miletich)
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 8:31 PM CDT
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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Republicans have chosen conservative state Sen. Darren Bailey to take on Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker for governor this fall.

Bailey defeated five other Republicans on Tuesday to win the nomination.

Pritzker, who easily defeated a largely unknown candidate, is seeking his second term.

Bailey is a farmer from Xenia.

He is a staunch abortion opponent who raised his statewide profile by opposing restrictions Pritzker put in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Bailey on Saturday.

That support that may hurt Bailey in a general election for a state where voters rejected Trump by double digits in 2016 and 2020.

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