Interesting question considering these numbers.
In the governor’s race, incumbent Democrat JB Pritzker leads Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey 50 percent to 41 percent. The margin seems small considering Pritzker spent $38 million during the past quarter compared to Bailey’s $1.6 million.
In the Senate contest, incumbent Democrat Tammy Duckworth holds a 49 percent to 39 percent advantage over Republican Kathy Salvi, with 8 percent of voters still undecided. “Salvi has gained eight percentage points in the contest since last month’s poll,” according to WGN.
In the race to replace Jesse White as Illinois’ longest serving secretary of state, 48 percent of those polled said they back Democrat Alexi Giannoulias over the 39 percent supporting Republican Dan Brady, and 9 percent of likely voters said they’re undecided
Secretary of State races, as we saw again in 2020, can determine presidential races and all races.
Republicans seem to focus on Illinois when it’s not in reach and then ignore it when it is. This dysfunctional relationship has manifested itself again. Obviously, Republicans had to prioritize, pick and choose where to spend money, and the red wave wasn’t looking all that inevitable through parts of this year, but it’s quite possible that Illinois Republicans will be kicking themselves in years to come. And so will the GOP. Assuming that there’s anything left to kick.
But Republicans do have a history of never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity.