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Pat Quinn Wins Primary In Illinois Gubernatorial Race

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FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2013 file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Chicago. Quinn will will deliver his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) won the Tuesday primary to again be the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, the Associated Press reports.

Quinn, who was widely expected to win the primary, was challenged by Tio Hardiman, the former director of CeaseFire Violence Interrupters.

Below, more from the Associated Press:

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has won the Democratic nomination in his bid for a second full term in office.

The Chicago Democrat topped a lesser-known challenger, activist Tio Hardiman, in Tuesday's primary.

In November, he will face the winner of the Republican primary among businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur), state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard and Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd).

Quinn took a low-key approach to his primary race, saying he's focusing on doing his job and that Illinois voters know his record.

With no serious opponent, Quinn didn't have to dig into his campaign funds. He finished 2013 with about $4.5 million in his campaign fund.

Quinn has ramped up his campaign in recent weeks, hiring a strategist who managed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign.

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