ALSIP, Ill. (AP) - Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has won the Cook County Republican Party's endorsement in his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Illinois.
Cook County Republicans made primary endorsements on Saturday. Rauner is the only candidate from Cook County and he earned 63.3 percent support. State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale received 10.1 percent. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa earned about 6 percent and state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington received no votes.
This is the first endorsement the Cook County Republican Party has made in a gubernatorial primary in at least 25 years. Cook County Republicans represent about 20 percent of GOP primary voters across Illinois.
Cook County GOP officials have said they want to do a better job of backing the strongest candidate in the governor's race.
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