Millionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is leading the GOP gubernatorial race, according to a new Chicago Tribune/WGN poll.
In the poll of 600 registered voters, 40 percent opted for Rauner, while State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) garnered 20 percent of the respondent's support and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford got 13 percent. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) received 11 percent of the poll respondent's support. Fifteen percent of the respondents, all of whom are likely to vote in the March primary election, were undecided.
The poll was conducted last week from Wednesday through Saturday, which just a few days after news broke on the scandal plaguing Rutherford. A former employee, who quit last week, made allegations of harassment against the Treasurer last week. On Monday, the former employee, Edmund 'Ed' Michalowski, filed a formal federal lawsuit against Rutherford Monday citing sexual harassment. Rutherford is denying the allegations and says he believes opponent Bruce Rauner is behind the claims due to his having previously worked with Michalowski's attorney. Rutherford visited several media outlets Tuesday morning to deny the allegations.
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