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Bruce Rauner at State Fair: ‘This is our year, this is our election’

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner arrives Illinois State Fair during Republican Day Wednesday August 13 2014 Springfield IL.  |

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner arrives at Illinois State Fair during Republican Day, Wednesday August 13, 2014 in Springfield, IL. | Jessica Koscielniak / Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: September 16, 2014 6:35AM

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois GOP members spent Thursday’s Republican Day at the State Fair predicting an unprecedented comeback, with candidates up and down the ballot talking of a momentum and an organization not seen in their party for more than a decade.

They attributed much of it to the ticket’s marquee candidate, Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire who has pumped more than $21 million into his candidacy since launching his bid for governor in 2013.

“Farmers know that when you’ve got a crop planted in the field. The same crop year after year. You know what happens? Deterioration. No productivity. And ultimately the land gets damage. You know what it’s time for folks? It’s time to rotate our crops,” Rauner roared at a packed Republican event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. “We’re going to restore a two-party system in Illinois. We are going to rebuild the Republican Party from the grass roots up.”


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