Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Blog
On Tuesday, gubernatorial candidates Pat Quinn (D) and Bruce Rauner (R) met for their second debate at the DuSable Museum of African American History on Chicago’s south side. During the debate, Quinn stated that he hired minorities in pivotal positions in his administration, including the Deputy Governor post as well as the Head of the Department of Public Health. Quinn then stressed that African Americans did not hold high-level positions at Rauner’s private equity firm, GTCR.
This week’s debate took place a week after the candidates engaged in their first debate in Peoria, Illinois, where a large Lebanese-American population exists. That debate focused on the economy, and the candidates put forth starkly different plans for economic growth (re: temporary tax increase vs. incremental rollback). Watch this week’s debate here and catch up on last week’s debate here.
New polling data shows that the gubernatorial race may be closer than ever. In a new poll from Reboot Illinois in which respondents were asked who they would vote for if the election were today, Quinn came out on top. However, a different Reboot Illinois poll, which was conducted over two days last week and one day in September, showed the Quinn/Rauner numbers reversed when the respondents were asked which candidate they believed to be more trustworthy.
President Obama continues to display his support for Gov. Quinn. He is expected to appear at a campaign event for the governor on Sunday. The president is also scheduled to attend a $10,000-a-seat Democratic fundraising dinner in Lincoln Park on Monday. He reportedly raised more than $1 million for Quinn this month.
Vice President Joe Biden will visit Chicago to endorse Quinn, freshman Rep. Brad Schneider (D), and Sen. Dick Durbin (D) on October 22 to headline a Get-Out-the-Vote rally.
As for the Senate race, it looks like Arab American ally and incumbent Dick Durbin will likely hold his seat. Real Clear Politics shows Durbin with a +14.0 lead over Republic candidate Jim Oberweis (R). As we’ve mentioned in previous election updates, Durbin has long been active on civil rights issues that impact the Arab American community. He led the effort to include crimes motivated by prejudice against Arab Americans, Hindus, and Sikhs on the FBI’s hate crimes reporting form.