With Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan opting to stay out of the governor’s race, Gov. Pat Quinn leads the cash dash among the 2014 gubernatorial contenders. Quinn raised over $1 million last quarter and is sitting on $2.3 million cash on hand.
His Democratic primary challenger Bill Daley closed the quarter with just under $800,000 on hand, a number he reported two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Treasurer Dan Rutherford has just over $1 million, after raising $432,000 last quarter. Billionaire GOP contender Bruce Rauner has around $640,000 in his campaign account after spending almost $1.5 million last quarter, much of that on hefty television and internet ad buys.
If she had joined the field, Madigan would have had a huge fundraising advantage. She is currently sitting on almost $5 million.
Her decision has sent shockwaves throughout the Illinois political landscape. Many prominent politicos who had been positioning themselves to run for Attorney General are quickly recalibrating their plans. Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is reportedly going to announce a run for State Comptroller. Meanwhile, State Sen. Kwame Raoul, who was raising big money to position himself as frontrunner for the AG spot, says he is leaving his future plans open. But Raoul told me Tuesday his first focus is on fixing the state’s troubled pension system, and says he’s optimistic that the 10-member conference committee he chairs is on the cusp of a breakthrough. After a bill passes, there will be plenty of time for politics, he says, refusing to rule out a run for governor.
View the exact cash-on-hand totals for the gubernatorial contenders below:
Pat Quinn (D): $2,345,315.65
Dan Rutherford (R): $1,020,373.25
Bill Daley (D): $794,338.66
Bruce Rauner (R): $642,001.23
Kirk Dillard (R) $243,506.93
Bill Brady (R): $80,295.96