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Third Party Candidate Hopes to Enter Illinois Governor's Race

Associated Press
State Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, speaking on the floor of the Illinois Senate floor at the Capitol in Springfield in 2017.

Another candidate is complicating Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s reelection campaign.

Thursday, state Senator Sam McCann, a Republican from Plainview, announced a third-party bid for the state’s top office. 
McCann and Rauner have a history. They've long clashed over state employee labor unions, which McCann supports and Rauner opposes. That led Rauner to back a primary challenger against McCann a couple years ago.

Now, McCann will be running this fall as a Conservative Party candidate — after Rauner narrowly won the Republican primary over a more conservative challenger.

“Get ready, governor. Bring it on. I look forward to debating you and I look forward to talking about your failed governorship. the failure that you brought to Illinois. … The state is worse off than when you took office 3 ½ years ago. But I’m prepared to fix your mistakes."

Rauner’s campaign issued a statement calling McCann “the worst kind of political opportunist.”

But Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker welcomed him to the race.

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