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The Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association has released results of an early online straw poll on potential Democratic candidates for Goveror next year. A straw poll of more than 53-hundred responders shows State Senator Daniel Biss garnering support of 25 percent of them. That is well ahead of the next closest competitor, Chicago Alderman Ameya Pewar with 15%. Democratic County Chairmen's Association Executive Director Dan Kovats talks about factors that may put Biss on top.

Kovats says Pewar is enjoying the benefits of publicity that goes with being the first to enter the race. Meanwhile, an announcement is expected soon from businessman Chris Kennedy, who doesn't exactly have weak political bloodlines.

Pewar is the only candidate to enter the race so far. Businessman Chris Kennedy gets 12% support in the straw poll. Quad Cities Congresswoman Cheri Bustos 11%, Billionaire J.B. Pritzker 10% and State Senator Andy Manar received 7%. Congresswoman Robin Kelly received 4% support, State Senator Kwame Raoul 2% and Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers brings up the rear with 1% support. 

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