Darren Bailey has lead in Illinois GOP primary race for governor

A new poll from the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago radio station WBEZ shows downstate state Sen. Darren Bailey with a 15-point lead on Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin in the GOP governor race, a major reversal with 18 days to go before polls close on Tuesday, June 28.

Irvin’s campaign had earlier in the week pulled its downstate advertising and noted it was “reassessing” its strategy in the final stretch. His campaign is still advertising in the Chicago area as well as maintaining a statewide spot on Fox News Channel, according to a spokesperson.

At a news conference in Bloomington that he called to discuss public safety, Irvin downplayed the poll as a “snapshot in time.”

“We got two and a half weeks left,” he said. “You know, polls will change daily, but as I as I said, we’re going to continue to send out our message.”

Richard Irvin

The latest Irvin message, repeated seven times at the news conference between he and running mate Avery Bourne: “A vote for Darren Bailey is a vote to re-elect JB Pritzker.”

The Sun-Times-WBEZ poll showed Bailey with 32 percent support compared to 15 percent for Irvin among 677 likely GOP voters who were polled Monday and Tuesday by Public Policy Polling. Petersburg venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan was the only other candidate to crack double digits at 11 percent.

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