Republican strategist: GOP must bridge enthusiasm gap by November

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Gov. Bruce Rauner greeted campaign volunteers during an Election Day visit (Photo courtesy Bruce Rauner/Facebook)

By Eric Stock

CHICAGO – Democrats far outnumbered Republican voters in Tuesday’s primaries in Illinois.

Former state Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady told WJBC’s Scott Laughlin the Democratic party is clearly more energized now, which he said common for the president’s opposition party in off-year elections, but that’s amplified by President Donald Trump’s low approval numbers.

PODCAST: Listen to Scott’s interview with Brady on WJBC.

“Absolutely, it’s a concern but remember it’s a primary and there was just a lot more energy around the Democratic primary, primarily because there was such much anger at the president,” Brady said. “All the (Democratic) candidates in their acceptance speeches last night talked about how they wanted to beat Donald Trump.”

Brady said his party has some work to do to avoid losses in the general election in November.

PODCAST: Listen to Scott’s interview with Illinois State University professor emeritus Bob Bradley. 

“It is going to be a tough cycle for Republicans in the mid-terms because of the president’s unpopularity, and the closer you get to (Interstate) 80 the harder it gets,” Brady said

Brady added Democratic turnout also spiked thanks to Democratic nominee for governor J.B. Pritzker spending heavily on campaign ads for a crowded primary long before Republicans Bruce Rauner and Jeanne Ives hit the airwaves.

Eric Stock can be reached at [email protected].


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