Since Senator Dick Durbin opted not to join the 2018 Governor's race, it's been a muddled picture as far as who will seek the Democratic nomination and who could be a viable opponent to Bruce Rauner. The Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association has launched an online gubernatorial straw poll of its members and Democrats who join the organization online. Association President Doug House notes with Governor Rauner recently putting $50 million of his money into his re-election campaign fund, Democrats don't have the luxury of waiting.
House offers details for those who want to weigh in on their favored candidates.
The straw poll will run until midnight on January 29th. IDCCA intends to conduct several more polls to continue drawing attention to the Democratic primary race for Governor.
The candidates included in the first straw poll are (in alphabetical order):
* State Senator Daniel Biss * Congresswoman Cheri Bustos * Congresswoman Robin Kelly * Chris Kennedy * State Senator Andy Manar * Alderman Ameya Pawar * J.B. Pritzker * State Senator Kwame Raoul * Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers