Possible rematch in governor's race?

Published 06/30 2013 10:04PM

Updated 07/01 2013 12:30PM

SPRINGFIELD --  It's more than a year away, but already the 2014 governor's race is starting to shape up. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels finds out how it could be a rematch of the last election.

"I believe we can finish the job we started four years ago."

Bill Brady is now officially making another run at the governor's seat. In the last election, the senator from Bloomington lost to Pat Quinn by about 30,000 votes.

That's less than the population of Pekin. Brady says now he's ready for a rematch.

"I don't think there is any pollster in the state who would question if the rematch occurred today, we'd end up victorious."

But, some critics are already questioning Brady's political stamina since, after all, he was the loser last time around.

"Unlike Pat Quinn, I had never been on a statewide general election campaign. It's a big state. You learn a lot because it's a big state. It's hard for people to get to know you your first time out."

He says it's that last failed campaign which actually gives him a leg up in this one.

"Because of the last election, my geographical presence has broadened dramatically. I think much less than last time, my candidacy is a statewide candidacy rather than a regional one."

Brady says he's running to create jobs, downsize state government and get Illinois back on its feet. He already has some fighting words for the governor if a rematch is on the way.

"The people of the state of Illinois have learned a lot about Pat Quinn in the last four years. I think we're in a good position, a much better position, to get that job done."

Before a rematch could happen, both Brady and Quinn would have to win the primary in March. So far, on the republican side, Brady will be up against State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner.

For the democrats, currently, the only challenger is former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley. Governor Quinn hasn't made an official announcement, but says he's interested. More candidates could be added to those lists.

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