thanks to illinois DemocratsState Senator Darren Bailey won his party’s nomination in the GOP primary on Tuesday. But despite encouragement from Bailey’s rivals, his victory claim remains the most likely Donald Trump As he wants to patchup his endorsement record.
Bailey, an ardent Trump supporter in a deeply conservative district in central Illinois, earned the former president’s support three days before the Republican primary. And while Trump is ready to take credit for his candidate’s success, Bailey may attribute his victory to Governor JB Pritzker.
That’s because Pritzker and other state Democrats made Bailey’s opponent—Aurora Mayor Richard Irwin, a former front-runner in the GOP race—a target. This inadvertently gave Bailey a boost among conservative voters, while securing the position of a candidate that Pritzker is more likely to lose in the general election.
Over the past few months, Pritzker and the Democratic Governors Association have spent Republican primary on a combined $34 millionTo prevent GOP voters from voting for a candidate whom the ads said was not conservative enough, Irwin was blown up in the air.
At the same time, Democrats’ ads about Bailey helped her with Republican voters by arguing that her policies were “too conservative for Illinois.”
The Democrats’ plan appeared to be working, as Irwin’s campaign quickly sank in Bailey’s favor. poll showed That Bailey was already favored to win the primary with a more than 16-point lead over Irvine, even before Trump’s endorsement came on Saturday.
“Darren is the man to try and defeat one of the worst governors in America,” Trump said at Saturday’s rally, referring to his longtime critic Pritzker.
Even if some of Trump’s candidates failed to defeat Republican In some of the most-watched races this year, his endorsement The GOP Remains Influential Among Voters, More than 100 of his picks have won his primaries.
Some experts have cautioned that the Democrats’ reverse-psychology approach could backfire by the time the general elections in November. And his efforts to help Bailey go unnoticed by the ultra-Orthodox candidate, who has warned the governor that he could win over enough Illinois voters to crush his reelection chances.
“I think it’s clear that Governor Pritzker thinks I’m the easiest candidate to defeat, and my message to Governor Pritzker is ‘Be careful what you wish for because it’s coming right to you,'” Bailey. told Chicago’s WLS-TV ahead of Tuesday’s primary.